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Female ovipositing

String of Ova - 2012
string of ova

String of Ova - April 8, 2013
string of ova

Ova about to emerge - 2 May 2013
about to hatch

First instars just after emerging - 2 May 2013


First Instars - 2 May 2013

4 May 2013 - trying to feed on Ponderosa Pine
trying to feed

4 May 2013 - trying to feed on Ponderosa Pine
trying to feed



Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis
Females located 21 July 2012 by Todd Stout on Pinus endulus 3 miles North West of Koosharem, Cove Mountain Road, Sevier County, Utah
 Elevation is 7,700 feet

The Females and two one gallon potted Ponderosa Pines were put in a transparent bin with a chiffon cover after feeding them with  honey water.   I left them in a room with no windows with some lights on for a day or two with no success. One female died the second day. I then moved them to the covered patio on the north side of my home that receives no direct sun but is brighter than  indoors. Temperatures were higher on the patio than in the house (91 F on Monday, 88 F on Tuesday, Wednesday 93 F ) A second  female died. But with this arrangement the two remaining females oviposited on the Ponderosa Pine - Pinus ponderosa   . The females were offered honey water in the morning, middle of the day and in the evening.  They were put in a dark cupboard each night, not in a refrigerator.

The ova were left on the potted pines and kept outside for the winter. The potted pines were set in buckets with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage but with a screen  placed around the bottom of the bucket to keep insects out.   Wires were fixed into an arch over the bucket with a net cover over the top to keep insects out. The net covers were  five gallon paint strainers.

First Instars began hatching 2 May 2013.  Some were transferred to other
potted  Ponderosa Pines.
4 May 2013 they are still trying to feed on the Ponderosa but many have dropped off and died. I  moved some to a Pinyon Pine  to see if that is more palatable but since they are  2 days old, that probably isn't an option.  At this stage they feed gregariously so I have placed about 6  per pine needle.


Females located by Jacque Wolfe and Jack Harry 16 August 2011 on Pinus endulus 3 miles North West of Koosharem, Cove Mountain road, Sevier  County, Utah - elevation is 7,700 feet


1. Oviposited  ova on Ponderosa Pine - Pinus ponderosa
Hibernated as ova - Ova never hatched

Host Plants
Females located on Pinyon Pine- Pinus endulus
Oviposited on Ponderosa Pine - Pinus ponderosa

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