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Question Mark

Posted by wifey2mikey 6b Tulsa (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 11, 11 at 20:36

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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RE: Question Mark

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.


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more info in these two threads:

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/butterfly/msg0515004124134.html

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/butterfly/msg092028004805.html


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RE: Question Mark

'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


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RE: Question Mark

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


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RE: Question Mark

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


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RE: Question Mark

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.

Photobucket

~Laura


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