Ithomia heraldica

Immature stages

5th instar larva, head capsule

5th instar larva, dorsal view

Pupa, lateral view

The larvae are grub-like, often widest in the middle and narrowing at each end. Early instars typically rest under leaves with the head curled against the abdomen. Later instars tie a couple of leaves together with silk to form a rudimentary nest.
Pupae have a shiny, metallic gold surface with indistinct brown markings.

Ithomia heraldica, host plants, Monteverde page

Images and text copyright © 2001 by William A. Haber,

Created: 10 January 2001. Updated: 30 October 2002.