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*The* American Ladies

This is why I garden with native plants using organic principles. These are American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) caterpillars, hosting on perennial Plantain-leaved Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia). I have two large populations of this plant (as well as some scattered volunteers), the smaller in a great deal of sun, the larger in some shade. I noticed numerous caterpillars on the smaller patch which had been pretty much decimated, so I carefully moved the larvae I could find to the larger patch ten days ago and they made the transition just fine. This morning we checked this patch again (I had found some additional caterpillars on the smaller patch in the interim and had moved those as
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