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Old 05-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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These guys look somewhat like my pink tobacco budworms from a couple of years ago, but not pink because they haven't been eating pink zinnias. They are all over the seed capsules of my columbines, not touching the leaves,

What do y'all think - tobacco budworms or some other caterpillar?
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I believe the caterpillar on this coreopsis is also the same species of budworms (look closely, it is yellow!) Suunto - I'd love to know what kind of wasp and beetle I have if you can tell from the limited view.
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Do you know the whereabouts of the budworms photos for comparison? I can't seem to find it and don't recall the budworm having hairs. Did it?
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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With the exception of the one on the coreopsis (which likely is in the family Geometridae), the other caterpillars all appear to be tobacco budworms, Heliothis (formerly Helicoverpa) virescens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). These caterpillars can vary widely in their color pattern – see Species Heliothis virescens - Tobacco Budworm Moth - Hodges#11071 - BugGuide.Net, but their setal pattern (‘hairs’) is constant.
I cannot be certain from the image provided, but the bee may be in the family Andrenidae (mining bees) - see Andrena nubecula photo - Tom Murray photos at pbase.com for an example - and the beetle could be in the family Mordellidae (tumbling flower beetles - see Mordella marginata photo - Tom Murray photos at pbase.com for an example.


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These guys look somewhat like my pink tobacco budworms from a couple of years ago, but not pink because they haven't been eating pink zinnias. They are all over the seed capsules of my columbines, not touching the leaves,

What do y'all think - tobacco budworms or some other caterpillar?
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I believe the caterpillar on this coreopsis is also the same species of budworms (look closely, it is yellow!) Suunto - I'd love to know what kind of wasp and beetle I have if you can tell from the limited view.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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budworms? and friends...-tobacco-budworm-late-instar-zinnia-web.jpg

Havalotta, here is my tobacco budworm from last year. It does have hairs, although because of the angle of the view, they don't jump out at you if you don't look for them.

Thanks, suunto, for the great help in identification as always.

I am amazed at the variety of the budworms. Apparently they can truly devastate some crops and cause lots of damage, but so far in my garden they seem fairly contained, perhaps because I have a lot of wasps looking for food for their young.
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Thanks Turtle, Now I see the hairs..
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