Tilia americana

Tilia americana

Basswood/Lime/Linden, Tilia americana, courtesy/copyright Ron White.

This site has been created by Bill Oehlke at oehlkew@islandtelecom.com
Comments, suggestions and/or additional information are welcomed by Bill.

I do not think this tree is a preferred host for any Catocala, butterfly, Saturniidae or Sphingidae species, but the following species are listed by HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants.

I would attempt to utilize it only if prefered hosts are not available.

Catocala cerogama
Catocala ultronia

Papilio (Pterourus) glaucus
Basilarchia arthemis
Nymphalis antiopa
Polygonia interrogationis

Actias luna
Antheraea polyphemus
Automeris io
Callosamia promethea
Eacles imperialis
Hyalophora cecropia
Samia cynthia
Samia walkeri

Ceratomia amyntor
Paonias excaecata

If you have had success utilizing this host for any Saturniidae species, please let me know. Thanks. Bill Oehlke.

Tilia americana has an oval to irregular shape with spreading branches. It is a medium to large deciduous tree growing to a height of about seventy feet. Trunks are usually quite straight.

Alternate leaves are four to eight inches long with a broad heart shape. Foliage is dark green above, pale green or silvery underneath. The fall colour is poor, i.e., green or yellowish, often with a brown cast.

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