dchaffee at gvi.net
Wed Jun 21 01:00:04 EDT 2000
On 20 Jun 2000 07:29:06 -0700, JADAMS at em.daltonstate.edu (DR. JAMES
> Lilac actually is a pretty good host. My mom once reared a
>bunch of Cecropia on a moderate sized Lilac bush in her yard.
>She had to leave town for a few days and bagged the larvae on the
>entire bush. She came back to find the bush completely denuded
>and the larvae gone (through chewed holes in the bag). So lilac
>works well. And for that matter, a lot of times once you start larvae
>on one food source, it is often difficult to change them to another.
>Box Elder is good, but they may not switch readily if they have
>already been feeding on Lilac.
For what it's worth, I've reared cecropia on lilac, willow, silver
maple, box elder, black walnut, crab apple, apple, wild plum,
wild cherry, and rough-leaved dogwood. The larvae matured
the most rapidly on the wild cherry, wild plum,
crab apple, and willow. The slowest to mature were reared on
lilac and rough-leaved dogwood. For cut food, wild cherry and
crab apple seem to be the easiset to deal with for retaining
freshness in the leaves. Even the notoriously tempermental
H euryalis do well on these two in my experience.
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