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What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Posted by flutterby64 7a North Central AR (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 14:04

Hi everyone

I have caterpillars on my Purple Coneflower that I hope someone can identify. I haven't been able to find a reference that lists coneflower as a host. The cat pictured is 3/8" long. Several cats attack a single leaf at once. When they are done with it, the leaf is black and covered with frass. They also eat the bloom petals. They are quickly destroying the foliage. Can someone please tell me what they are?

Thanks,
Dana


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Silvery Checkerspot

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures and info.


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Lucky you :-)>You're in for a pretty show of butterflies.


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Cool! Runmede, thank you, for the I.D.! This is my first opportunity to raise Silvery Checkerspots. Can I raise them indoors the same way I raise Swallowtails and Monarchs? Are these early enough in the season that they should eclose before winter?

Dana


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

I'm not getting replies for most of the posts I address and sign up for.

Yes, you can raise them like you raise the swallowtails. That caterpillar looked pretty mature. Caterpillars now will finish their cycle, pupate, and emerge. They winter over as caterpillars in a leaf nest.

This post was edited by runmede on Sun, Jun 29, 14 at 19:00


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Silvery Checkerspot Lifecycle Info

See the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Info for silvery checkerspot life cycle.


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Thank you for the info., Runmede. I've brought a few cats indoors and they are eating great. Their behavior is interesting. Each time I go back to the plant for more leaves, the second I touch a leaf every cat on the plant turns loose and falls to the ground. I've never experienced this with swallowtail or monarch cats. Sure, they will drop off if disturbed enough, but I wonder why they don't drop off at the slightest disturbance. Seems like more of them would survive.

Dana


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

I just released my first Silvery Checkerspot! Thought you might like to see it.

Dana


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Oh, how gorgeous!!!! Congratulations!!

Sherry


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

Beautiful! Thank you for updating us. Love it. Would love to find some caterpillars on all my plants for them...


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RE: What cats are eating my Purple Coneflower?

What a good job you did raising them Flutter. It's beautiful. Have you been able to release any more?


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