Jun. 26, 2017

clematis, Clematis x jackmanii

Two introduced species. One is a spurge hawkmoth, Hyles euphorbiae. It is my new friend and protector. I have twice wound up at the emergency room because I carelessly handled spurge plants, and got sap in my eyes. It was quite painful. And certainly proved that I am a slow learner. The caterpillars of this moth eat spurge plants. They particularly like leafy spurge, with its plentiful leaves to eat. They have been known to consume all the leaves from patches of that plant. Spurge hawkmoths were first recorded in Michigan in 2013. This one emerged yesterday. The second introduced species is garden clematis, which has now been reported wild in Louisiana and Mississippi.