Butterflies and Moths of Southern Vancouver Island--Jeremy B. Tatum



Melanchra picta


The adult moth seems to have no widely used common name, but the caterpillar is the well known Zebra Caterpillar. I have found them feeding in large numbers on Amaranthus and Rumex, though when full grown they demanded a change of diet and seemed satisfied when I offered them willow. After pupation, some moths emerged in the same year; others waited until the following spring.

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