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Texas Gardening: Red Admirals

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steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9247893

Those of you who grow food for their caterpillars, which nettle do you grow?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
5:16 AM

Post #9248625

I use False Nettle http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=BOCY
but have never seen caterpilars on it, we had a lot of Red Admirals this spring, many more than usual, maybe it did work and I missed them.

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

August 21, 2012
6:20 AM

Post #9248692

You will rarely ever see the caterpillar of the Red Admiral because they use silk to pull the leaves together to form a protective "nest" to hide in most of the time. False nettles certainly provide the more "gardener friendly" plant as it does not sting.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 21, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9249099

Thank you Dale, that could explain why I haven't seen the cats, you are a sweetheart to keep us well informed.
Josephine.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 23, 2012
9:05 PM

Post #9251829

Thanks everyone! The spicebush swallowtails I had this year folded over the leaves of the camphor tree seedlings to hide during the day. Seeing all those folded leaves is what cued my curiosity to see what was inside. They actually seemed to prefer the camphor tree to the spice bush. Ive never seen a Red Admiral here but i did see my first question mark last year. If anyone has false nettle at the round-up maybe i can get some started and see if they will come.

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