American Lady- what was she doing?

surya55_gwAugust 23, 2013

I took some pics of her for lack of a better word, "projecting" something onto a "European leaf curry" plant. What was she doing? Was she laying eggs this late? This was in a herb garden last Friday. I'm quite new to taking pics & closely observing butterflies, so time & again I'll have questions; please bear with me:-)


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Is that Rosemary? I've never heard of European leaf curry, And it looks a lot like the rosemary in my garden.

In any case, I can't tell you what the butterfly was thinking. If she was laying eggs I would say she was confused. If she did lay eggs, maybe you would be advised to supply a more appropriate plant for them to grow on, although I am not sure exactly how you would do that.

I look forward to hearing what more senior members of the forum have to say.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 9:22PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

European leaf curry is just another name for Helichrysum italicum, which is in the same general family as all the other American lady host plants. I'd read somewhere that it was an AL host plant, so I tried growing it a few years ago, but it didn't like it here, probably too wet and humid - they say it likes arid conditions. Anyway, she's laying an egg, so this should show up in the near future on the plant -

American ladies mainly show up here in early spring when the Gnaphalium pensylvanicum/cudweed has come up. It flowers real early, and the cats use the flowers to make their nests.


This post was edited by misssherry on Fri, Aug 23, 13 at 21:54

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 9:34PM
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Thanks so much ladies. What would happen to the cat if it were born this late in summer here in new york?


    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:20AM
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They will overwinter and you'll see butterflies next season:)
AL cats also like Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) and Dwarf Everlasting (A. triplinervis, they love this one).

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 2:57AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

I forgot to mention that if there aren't any flowers, they'll make a nest in the leaves, which will look a lot different from a flower nest.


    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 9:39AM
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haha, what shall i say? she is working obviously.

Here is a link that might be useful: pet supplies

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 5:14AM
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