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Old 06-17-2018, 04:29 PM   #11
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They hatched!
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They hatched!
I'm guessing one of the tiger moths. They resemble milkweed tigers.
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Thank you.... I'll label it as such
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Did you take the caterpillars outside?
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Spending the week in Toledo. Lots of fritillaries here. I think something took a bite out of the one on the path.
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Did you take the caterpillars outside?
Oh yes I flung them to the wind so hopefully some of them landed upon what they needed to eat as I sure hadn't the faintest.
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Spending the week in Toledo.
Woodlawn Cemetery is a butterfly hotspot there. If you want to see harvesters, go to the south side of the lake. There is a "fallen" willow by the alder trees. The harvester caterpillars eat the woolly alder aphids and the butterflies fly around the trees.
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Thanks, KC. Have not visited Woodlawn--we are actually in Whitehouse, to the southwest of Maumee--walking distance of Blue Creek Metropark.
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Am waiting for an ID of this little white moth, spotted on the edge of a remnant prairie on the edge of the Oak Openings region. (Of course, I could not maneuver the camera to get a view of its upper wings, but they did not seem to have a gold edge.) It may be an endangered Unexpected cycnia (Cycnia inopinatus), which has a breeding population in this area and feeds on milkweed. (And apologies for posting a moth in our butterfly thread.)
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Our Spicebush is finally old enough to start attracting Spicebush Swallowtails and they've laid a few eggs on the plant.



The caterpillars fold themselves up inside of leaves (a few others species do this too) where they spend all their time during the day. They only emerge at night to feed on the leaves.



Early on they mimic bird droppings or a growth of lichen but as they grow bigger they start to mimic a snake. Becasue they spend all their time during the day curled up in a leaf, head on is pretty much how most birds are going to view them.
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