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Old 08-17-2018, 09:21 AM   #21
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Thanks Kc now you have me wanting a hand held black light.
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:25 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by KC Clark View Post
A lot of insects fluoresce when you hit them with a blacklight. In the caterpillar world, seems like all Sphinx moth pillars. Lunas and polyphemus do. Monarchs do. Anyway, you go out with your blacklight flashlight, shine on your trees and plants, and see what stands out. Unfortunately, bird crap really stands out so you get to see a lot of that.

Monday night, my "good" finds were 5 lunas, hummingbird clearwing, and a walnut sphinx. Last night, all I brought in was two monarchs. I see a lot of caterpillars but I limit what I bring in. Cannot raise everything.

Not my video. Shows a guy finding Sphinx moth pillars on his tomatoes.
I recently treated myself to a trail cam. Next time it will be a blacklight flashlight. It's not surprising that goldenrod is a round the clock pollinator attractor. I'd like to look at the cup and compass plants, closely related plants that are attracting a wide range of bees and butterflies throughout the day. I'm now wondering if they are also round the clock pollinator attractors?
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what is a caterpillar garden

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