Scotura leucophleps Warren


Host plant: Rinorea deflexiflora

Caterpillar Description


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Determined by:G. Gentry



Rearing results and development time

As of Oct. 2001, N=73: 53 eclosed, 2 Failed to eclose, 13 died, 5 were parasitized.
Time as pupa: 6-13 days (N=27, mode =11 days)

Host plants

Violaceae: Rinorea deflexiflora


Braconidae (N=1)
Tachinidae (N=2) One tachinid species emerged from a larva and the other from a pupa.



Observations and comments

 Caterpillars of this species could be found feeding at any time of day although there seemed to be more feeding in the early mornings. They are leaf edge feeders and make a very characteristic feeding pattern as they only consume one side of a leaf, from the tip to the base and all the way to the midvein, then move to a different leaf to continue feeding. Later instars (3-5) will hide on the underside of a twig or leaf when they are not feeding.

Voucher location

 Tulane University