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Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:38:42 -0500
From: Dora Smith <villandra24...>
Subject: Re: Best strategies for looking for southern flannel moth larvae

I got one! Gray-brown, crawling down a tree whose leaves looked like he and
his mates were busy. In shade at the edge of the woods, at 1 PM. At
Brackenridge Field Lab, in Austin.

I think probably ready to pupate. He is now in my betta's old tiny
aquarium with some leaves and pieces of branch.

Now I need tips on how to get him to pupate and then emerge as a moth.

There were lots of eggs and hatchlings on the leaves. Little eggs and fuzz
balls that otherwise look like eggs. They sting too.

It was an elm type tree. Don't know what kind.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

-----Original Message-----
From: Dora Smith
Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:29 PM
To: <TX-BUTTERFLY...>
Subject: Best strategies for looking for southern flannel moth larvae

I could use some pointers for finding southern flannel moth larvae- also
called puss, asp and Donald Trump caterpillars. Megalopyge opercularis.

Their larvae are ordinarily most numerous about now.

First of all I can't discover if they are more likely to be found at midday,
early in the morning, or at night? Is one more likely to see them if the
weather is hot, warm, or cold? Most bugs don't prefer to be active in
November.

Are they really most likely to be found on the leaves of favored trees and
shrubs, or are they more likely to be found on bark or crawling on wooden
buildings?

I found a You Tube video of them chewing large holes in elm leaves, but in
the laboratory they do better on a diet based on wheat germ. I don't know
what to think.

They seem to like moister parts of the country and maybe more forested
areas, so would I find them in open areas or deep in the woods?

Thanks!

Yours,
Dora

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