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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 25, 2010 4:26 PM CST
I was walking past the dry creek near by house when I saw a RA butterfly. It was flitting from plant to plant, no flowering plants nearby, no fruit. So I started checking the Pennsylvania Pellitory out there. And found one tiny whitish egg (at least, I think it is). But google search shows them to be green. Green? How am I supposed to see it? It probably isn't big like the tiger swallowtail egg and other large green eggs!

http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1772
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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TexasPuddyPrint
Mar 25, 2010 10:55 PM CST
Same here Linda! I saw an RA flitting around the pellitory in my yard but couldn't get close enough for a look-see to what plant it was on. The pellitory is literally popping up all over my yard and although I tried to find eggs - there was just so much of it I couldn't find anything.

Did the RA lay an egg on the leaf top or underside?

Did you read anything about the egg staying green? Maybe it turns white after white after a day or two? I know the guava skipper and brazilian skipper lay eggs that are light green but they turn to a mauve color after a day or two.

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 26, 2010 11:09 AM CST
No, I didn't read anything about that. Just googled to get the pics.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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TexasPuddyPrint
Mar 26, 2010 8:38 PM CST
I remembered Judy Burris' book "The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity, A Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflis" has the RA life cycle in it.

She says the eggs are green, barrel-like and laid one at a time on the topmost tender leaves of their host plants. The photos in her book look very similar to the shape and color of fresh guava skipper eggs - so that gives me an excellent reference point - now I know what to look for!!!

Which, by the way, I looked over some pellitory and didn't find any eggs...grrrr!!! But there is just too much of that stuff growing wild in my yard.

~ Cat
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 28, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Well, if they laid eggs on it, for sure it's a pellitory! I'm glad they use pellitory somewhere!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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TexasPuddyPrint
Mar 28, 2010 8:13 PM CST
Ah...here is the post I was looking for to post the one egg I did find yesterday. Yep, the egg was green and laid on the top of the leaf.

I tried looking for more today but had too many things to do. The brief scan I did yielded no eggs...but I know if there's one, there's two, and if there's two, there'll be three and more.

~ Cat

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Name: Cat
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TexasPuddyPrint
Mar 28, 2010 8:14 PM CST
Here's a photo of the pellitory cutting with the egg on it - so you can see what the plant looks like.

~ Cat

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Name: Cat
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 8, 2010 8:37 PM CST
Red Admiral has formed a chrysalis! Have several more caterpillars to keep feeding. They are little chow hounds! Good thing the pellitory grows wild all over the yard :o)

~ Cat

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Name: Marna Towne
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Marna
May 26, 2010 12:45 PM CST
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in810

Eggs are light green with white ridges…

I'm still trying to figure out what Pellitory is!
Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
May 27, 2010 5:36 PM CST
Thank for the pellitory pic Cat.... I may have it and false nettle in my yard but it looks like weeds that I would yank unfortunately...good excuse to leave the weeds! lOL!
Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
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TexasPuddyPrint
May 27, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Sheila...it is a weed :o) and it takes over the edges of my yard. Anywhere the grass doesn't grow it finds a place to spread. It volunteers in potted plants all the time. I used to pull it out but now that I know RAs use it...I leave it alone for the most part...until it gets too invasive - then it gets yanked out...and I drop the ones I pull out onto the live plants along the fence - that way the caterpillars will crawl over to new leaves. Then I pick it up and toss it in the compost.

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
May 28, 2010 12:30 PM CST
All you need is a place the pellitory won't get in the way. I have Pennsylvania Pellitory growing wild and sometimes in the flowerbeds too. It dies back in the summertime usually. A few RAs are still hanging around, but I haven't seen any of their cats lately.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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