If we were going to see Brazilian Skipper caterpillars here, this apparently would be the season for it, given that there are reports of a persistent summer colony this year in Cape May and a sighting last week from CT. Still, it was pretty astounding and I went back inside to contemplate it more fully over coffee.
Had to have been from local oviposition, I decided, since this canna was grown this season from seed off the cannonshot cannas I had last year. It’s one of the skippers’ favorite cultivars, apparently. There are very few other cannas in the immediate vicinity.
There are enough caterpillars that they’ll make short work of the canna they’re on, so I figure I’d go drag the one from the front yard out back too. But of course it has a skipper tent on it as well. Looks like I may be going foraging in the neighborhood for canna leaves this weekend.
This is the characteristic “rolled cigar” and leaf tent appearance of cannas with Brazilian Skipper infestations.