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Old 01-07-2016, 12:01 PM   #41
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Cool. What caterpillars?
Majority of my cecropias. All my white-marked tussocks. All paddle caterpillars. Raised some imperials on box elder last year, a first for me. I remember finding banded tussocks on box elder last year but they already had parasitoids.

This pic is a paddle caterpillar with a young cecropia in the back.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:57 PM   #42
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Box elders love my yard. I get lots of volunteers every year. I make use of them because I have caterpillars that like their leaves.
So far, I've only found the one volunteer Box Elder, but maybe I'll get another at some point. I haven't found the source yet. Must be a mature tree or two somewhere in the neighborhood.
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:08 PM   #43
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Majority of my cecropias. All my white-marked tussocks. All paddle caterpillars. Raised some imperials on box elder last year, a first for me. I remember finding banded tussocks on box elder last year but they already had parasitoids.

This pic is a paddle caterpillar with a young cecropia in the back.
Very cool photo of a very cool caterpillar!

Sorry about the parasitoids.

So, are these caterpillars generalists that don't require a specific host plant or is box elder there sole host plant? (I'm not very knowledgeable regarding butterflies, moths, and their larvae.)
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