View Single Post
Old 01-09-2011, 03:57 PM   #7
bridget1964
Butterfly Educator Extraordinaire
 
bridget1964's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ventnor City, New Jersey, USA
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by benj1 View Post
This visitor took shelter in one of my concrete block work-bins last year.

From butterfliesandmoths.org: "Caterpillar hosts: Wide variety, including banana, cabbage, cherry, dandelion, maples, orange, sunflowers, violets, and willows." It has been documented in my county. Unfortunately, I don't see on that site any pictures of the caterpillar.

I have an abundance of black cherry and violets, and a few sunflowers each summer.
Attachment 21966

Found this site with a helpful description of the caterpillar and life-cycle: http://www.hiltonpond.org/thisweek020608.html
What a beautiful moth, Benji! I don't think I've ever seen one of these guys before. Really cool caterpillar, too. It is interesting to find out how many moths don't eat as adults.
__________________
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." ~Hans Christian Anderson

http://mslenahan.edublogs.org/
bridget1964 is offline   Reply With Quote