Ron White

Catocala parta, Lancaster (Coos County), New Hampshire,
August 27, 2007, courtesy of Ron White.

Ron White of Lancaster, New Hampshire (Coos County), has an abiding interest in lepidoptera and nature. He has begun (August 2007) to send me beautiful images of Catocala and butterflies from his area.

With some background education in forestry, Ron will also be sending images of trees/shrubs/vines and wildflowers from New Hampshire.

Tree identification is useful for many reasons, but chief amongst them for lepidopterists would be the recognition of larval host plants.

Knowledge of local wildflowers is also useful for those who wish to entice butterflies to their areas via some plantings of butterfly nectar favourites. Ron's butterfly images will be gracing Caterpillars Too!, a private North American butterfly website.

Limenitis archippus nectaring on Joe-pye weed, Lancaster, New Hampshire,
August 24, 2007, courtesy of Ron White.

Visit New Hampshire Catocala to see Ron's Catocala images.

Fagus grandifolia, Beech, Lancaster, New Hamsphire, courtesy of Ron White

Visit Hostplants and Wildflowers to see Ron's hostplants and wildflower index.

Catocala larvae are extremely well camouflaged. Many people have learned to collect larvae by spreading old, large white sheets below the host plant and then giving the tree or shrub a smart whack with a shovel or baseball bat. The lively larvae fall to the sheets below and can be easy picking. Look for mature, caterpillars about a month before the adult moths begin to appear at bait or lights in your area.