Purple Carrot Seed Moth: Caterpillars and Pupae

Subject:  Caterpillar and nest identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Cumberland, Maine
Date: 07/30/2018
Time: 01:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have had a caterpillar and now little “egg nest” on my dill plant and am looking for identification.  You have a listing of Purple Carrot-Seed Caterpillar.  Might these be the same?
How you want your letter signed:  lfriedman

Purple Carrot Seed Moth Caterpillars

Dear lfriedman,
You are correct.  These are indeed Purple Carrot Seed Moth Caterpillars, but what you have mistaken for an “egg nest” is actually a group pupation.  Adult moths will emerge.  According to BugGuide:  “Introduced (2009) to northeastern North America. Occurs in most of Europe, Asia and northern Africa.”  BugGuide also notes:  “The larvae feed on plants in the parsley family, mainly the flowers and unripe seeds. Hosts include coriander, dill, carrot (
Daucus carota), anise (Pimpinella), fennel, caraway, cumin (Cuminum cyminum), celery, parsley, parsnip (Pastinaca), and cow-parsnip [per Agro Atlas, cited below]; also Seseli and Peucedanum according to BAMONA.”

Purple Carrot Seed Moth Pupae

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