Have a Polyphemus Caterpillar gifted to me. What plants do they feed on in Central Oregon?

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Kiger

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Aug 21, 2012, 3:33:20 PM8/21/12
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Friend gifted me with a 5th instar  Polyphemus Caterpillar.. My experience with these is from my childhood in Virginia in the Oak Forests.  My present local is Madras Oregon.  We have seen the Adult Males in our yard in years past but never the caterpillars on any of our vegetation.  The only trees near by are Juniper and Elm.  The caterpillar has pupated as on this AM.  When it emerges I would like to put it in a location appropriate for it if a Female or release it in a suitable area if Male. 

James Young

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Aug 21, 2012, 9:55:53 PM8/21/12
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A good place to start is the Caterpillar Hostplant database

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/hostplants/

 

Jim Young



On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM, Kiger <numbutt.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
Friend gifted me with a 5th instar  Polyphemus Caterpillar.. My experience with these is from my childhood in Virginia in the Oak Forests.  My present local is Madras Oregon.  We have seen the Adult Males in our yard in years past but never the caterpillars on any of our vegetation.  The only trees near by are Juniper and Elm.  The caterpillar has pupated as on this AM.  When it emerges I would like to put it in a location appropriate for it if a Female or release it in a suitable area if Male. 

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