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Old 11-26-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Horace's Duskywing - Erynnis horatius

Horace's duskywing butterfly! The caterpillar overwinters wrapped in an oak leaf on the forest floor.

Caterpillar hosts: Both red and white oaks including willow oak (Quercus phellos), northern red oak (Q. velutina), scrub oak (Q. ilicifolia), water oak (Q. nigra), post oak (Q. stellata), and live oak (Q. virginiana).
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:22 PM   #2
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Thank you thank you thank you.... you just identified a butterfly for me I've seen around here that I never could get a photo of to figure out what it was!!!
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:00 AM   #3
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I don't rake leaves either; I run over them with our lawn tractor to shred and bag them, then they go either into the vegetable garden or onto the compost pile...
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I don't rake leaves either; I run over them with our lawn tractor to shred and bag them, then they go either into the vegetable garden or onto the compost pile...
Poor caterpillars!
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:39 PM   #5
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A teacher friend of mine was lamenting her fall raking of the billions of oak leaves in her yards. When I told her that many insects overwinter in the dried leaves, she laughed and said that she would leave them until springtime! She is very open to learning about the natural world, so I know I can count on her to keep her word. She said she didn't know what all the fuss was about all this raking and leaf blowing anyways...

Lib--Glad I could help ID a critter for you!

Suunto--You do this in the spring, right?
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:42 AM   #6
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Suunto--You do this in the spring, right?
No, right after leaf fall before anything has had a chance to 'colonize' them. Also, I only do this where the leaves are out in the open 'lawn' areas; I do not disturb those that are settled under trees, these are left to molder naturally...
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No, right after leaf fall before anything has had a chance to 'colonize' them.
Whew- I was wondering if the Bug Whisperer had turned into Bug Assassin.
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