The Harvester is a small tan butterfly with dark wing borders and blotches on its upper surface. The underside has a ground color of reddish-orange (sometimes with a purplish sheen) with distinctive dark orange/brown circles rimmed with white rings.
Butterfly Family: Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)
Butterfly Subfamily: Miletinae
Butterfly Wingspan: 1 1/8 – 1 1/4 inches
Butterfly Habitat: Deciduous or mixed woodlands along streams
Harvester Host and Nectar Plants
- Harvester caterpillars eat woolly aphids. Aphids can be found on leaves of:
- Witch Hazel
- Adult Harvesters are not typically found in gardens, and they do not sip flower nectar. They sip sugary secretions of aphids, mud, and sap for nourishment.