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Old 08-19-2018, 02:21 PM   #1
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After sporting an abundance of silver-spotted slippers in the yard today (and quite a few through the years), I did a web search for their host plant(s). Turns out black locust is among them--which I'm assuming accounts for my population.

The guest link I clicked on seemed pretty in depth, so I wanted to share. I have never seen their larvae...but they look kind of hard to miss!

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silver-spotted skipper - Epargyreus clarus (Cramer)
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I enjoyed the read. I posted the silver spotted skipper in the moth thread not realizing its actually a butterfly. All the black locusts in my yard explains why that one was going from sprout to sprout, hopefully the little guy found one I wasnt chopping down.
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I enjoyed the read, too. That's why I wanted to share.

Glad you liked it.

Yes,I have mixed feelings about black locust, but I do like the silver-spotted skipper.
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They also like tall indigo Bush, Amorpha fruticosa, and Baptisia spp. I donít have black locust but routinely find their caterpillars rolled in leaves in my Amorpha and Baptisia.
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They also like tall indigo Bush, Amorpha fruticosa, and Baptisia spp. I donít have black locust but routinely find their caterpillars rolled in leaves in my Amorpha and Baptisia.
Great to know, thank you.

Among native grasses and some other natives, I seeded Baptisia into the meadow...they didn't take. I recall growing them as plugs in addition to direct seeding them. They germinated, but died out. Maybe I will have to buy potted ones and plant them out in the meadow.

I'm glad you get to see them, too.
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Baptisia is slow growing. Some of mine have come from seeds of the first one, others from small plants s bought at the botanical garden. They really like a lot of sun. Mine got decimated a few years ago by genista broom caterpillars, which are related to tent caterpillars and almost destroyed.
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Baptisia is slow growing. Some of mine have come from seeds of the first one, others from small plants s bought at the botanical garden. They really like a lot of sun. Mine got decimated a few years ago by genista broom caterpillars, which are related to tent caterpillars and almost destroyed.
I think I will have to purchase some if I want them.

Glad yours survived the caterpillar attack.
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