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Purple Plagodis larva 5th instar - Plagodis kuetzingi

Purple Plagodis larva 5th instar - Plagodis kuetzingi
Town of Baileys Harbor, Hidden Corners Sanctuary, Door County, Wisconsin, USA
August 23, 2002
Larva hatched July 13, 2002, it was the only survivor. I fed it White Ash (Fraxinus grandifolia); formed cocoon on August 31, 2002; overwintered in fruit cellar; adult eclosed May 10, 2003.

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Purple Plagodis female - Plagodis kuetzingi - female Purple Plagodis larva 5th instar - Plagodis kuetzingi

Just want to say
we love your posts. We're learning so much from your work with the caterpillars and adults. Did you ever get images of the eggs, or the earlier instars? Those would make a great series for each guidepage.

Purple Plagodis
Janice J. Stiefel Hi, John and Jane. Yes, I have some photo series of eggs to pupa stage, but not many---either the eggs are missing or the pupa. When I have 20 jars of caterpillars munching away in my office, sometimes it's hard to get the camera out to photograph every stage. Thank you for looking at my photos. With so much other stuff going on in the world, it's refreshing to think that someone out there is really interested in moths and caterpillars. As you can tell, I LOVE them. I was horsing around with them when I was a kid, and in those days there was no help with IDs, no books, no interest whatsoever. It's been a long, uphill battle to find answers. Thank God for Les Ferge, the moth expert in Madison, WI.

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