Question Mark

wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)July 11, 2011

Discovered a Question Mark laying eggs on a shrubby weed on the "jungle side" of my yard. I didn't even realize anything over there was a host plant for anything. So now I have eggs. What to do? Are they easy to raise? Should I just leave them be on the shrub or capture them?

HELP! :-)

~Laura

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

I find them easy to raise. You can put cuttings in water or keep fresh cut leaves in a sealed ziploc container. The cats will live in folded leaves, normally waiting until dark to come out to eat, at least until they are 5th instar.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 9:50PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

'Wonder what the host plant, shrubby weed is.
Maybe false nettles or stinging nettles?
Or maybe an elm tree that had been cut down making sprouts?
Sherry

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 11:40PM
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bananasinohio(6OH)

Question Marks like to lay on elm seedlings. I find them easier to raise on elm than Hops or nettle. Since I raise them in plastic food storage containers, I need leaves that don't wilt or dry out quickly. Elm leaves work better than the others. Do you know what plant they were depositing their eggs on?
-Elisabeth

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 9:36AM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Ladies I don't know. It's been here since we moved in this house - it's on a fence line and the entire side of the yard is like a jungle. I will take a picture this evening and post so you can help me identify it...

~Laura

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 7:06PM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Okay ladies - finally got out there and took that picture of the plant where the Question Mark was laying her eggs. I also captured 6 babies this morning. There are way more, but I wanted to be cautious and gage my success with the first batch.

~Laura

    Bookmark   July 16, 2011 at 10:27AM
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