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American Lady Cats at Yearly Peak

MissSherry
11 years ago

America lady/Vanessa virginiana caterpillars are at their most numerous at this time every year, and this year is no exception. Just about every cudweed/Gnaphalium pensylvanicum plant has an American lady nest on it, and I still see adults flitting around them, like they're checking it out to see if there are any plants without a nest/cat.

I let cudweed grow in my garden beds. It dies back to the basal rosette in summer and doesn't look ugly. While I was out there today watering, I saw this cat outside its nest, eating. Its spikes and overall body color were pale, so it apparently just molted and was eating to refill and stretch that skin again! :)

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Sherry

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