Lophocampa maculata - Development Sequence and observations - Lophocampa maculata
Elkton, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
July 17, 2011
07-17-11: Two cats disappeared; no idea where they went or how they escaped a closed container.
07-19-11: For two days, I tried offering the cats various leaves from around the yard. On the third day, I gathered a few plum leaves. The cats loved them. No idea what kind of plum tree it is. They were growing wild behind a friend's garage in Portland, OR. I took several transplants in the early 1990s.
All 6 cats seem to be growing, and except for size, all look the same - one appears to be a runt. The cats are losing their grey and taking on a buttery-yellow look. They appear too small to actually eat leaves. Instead, they chew the pulpy leaf surface, skeletonizing it.
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