Vanessa carye annabella
Photo Life History: Vanessa carye annabella
Suitable Lab Host Plants:
Caring for Live Female Butterflies: Feed females regularly.
How to Find Eggs: Look on the upper side of the leaf.
How to Hatch Eggs: Consolidate eggs into one container
How to Find Caterpillars in the Field: Early instar caterpillars construct conspicuous nests with silk and frass in the center of the leaf. Later instar caterpillars will tie multiple leaves together.
Overwintering Stage: Adult. (Larvae will also overwinter; but will resume feeding if winter temperatures rise above approximately 45 degrees F.)
Emergence: Emergence Container
Number of Broods per Year: 2-3 depending upon location.
Avoiding Diapause Techniques:
Disease Prevention: Change out host plant and remove frass every three to four days. Lower leaves of Malva neglecta will decay much quicker than younger leaves.
Field Notes: West Coast Ladies migrate into the Rocky Mountain Region every spring.