The Catalpa sphinx (Ceratomia catalpae Bdv.)

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The Catalpa sphinx (Ceratomia catalpae Bdv.)
Howard, L. O ( Leland Ossian ), 1857-1950
Chittenden, F. H ( Frank Hurlbut ), 1858-1929 ( joint author )
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i';iltf of it- fl,,, plillt i, ai- folhow-: Fromi tilt- milf (if M (eXico ill
c-t('- I'' loii l' ;ind ;11 i on thi riv'i r-, i l liliiii ;iii d (and rGi a 'tltw ird
ii ld ;11o1 ,lli\\riil ;iilo ii li, M i- i--r-- pi ;)till 'I- -m ill i 'ii iri li i'it _"e ill
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show its general occurrence w,-t of IFlorida andal (eorgia along the
Gulf. From the files of til Butreau of Etomniology wi. learn that
this species was observed in Al. 1il nim iII;, ;nd wa. received from
I)enison, Te\.. in 1889. More recently l'y tlie pecie. Ila- been reported
from A.rk:;i-a. (by Webklt, ier I'llJ 00) ainl fnii Cedar Creek, Ala.
(in 1904), following whit li it ocurrel at St. Elino. Ala. In 1S!)9
the species was not known I to ocir in New ibut in O1900 it was
observed in Camden Countyt. near IPiladelhiia. and in IIunterdon
County.a By 1906 it had l.conie c..tabllied ait EIlberon ;iind Blooim-
fild,. the latter-westward aind i a little ,,irt, (if Maiiiiittn \ii. New York
City-being the northern i ,-t p,(in t ,f which w%\ have knowledge of
its occurrence in the East.

LIFE: I '1O'HIV .\ANi 11.\II1S.

The catalpa sphinx is -iilije't tI, coi-nidhialdlth ll'iii iat iollH in num-
bers. For one or two <',ir.~ e,, vvii -(\'vraI v.iir, it will i it lo
noticed in a given locality anti will tlell iidldeniily ,pl)ear in great
iim.e-. comnilet.tlv defolialinpg tille tree,, aiil 'oe'inig tiie ground
beneath them with its lar'il excreiii't. It i-. interest iigr to obseIrve
that John Abbot, wlho ctlle',te l til tlji -pt.el'ini~- ini (,,crgia. tncll-
tioned more than a hlnnr, Ii-tIr-. a;io tlie f:Nt I iatlie tl fi ler-lien
who inhabited the border- o(if tle -\NanI)ip-. lIintiitd for tIh.-, l]irvam
as the best bait for catching i:,li. alnd it i, .-aid that tlli.Is Iait is so
esteemed for this purpose- in -,i part )it- of Ilorida tiat tie catalpa
is often cultivated for no oilier piirpo-e tliai to atttrait tlie insect.
The e,..-., as has been -.t;ited. are lailid in llla-e-. and1 the young
larvae feed gregariously for -o)me int. Tlic Iwoliic'awy of the .pecie..
may be judged from the f:act tliat an egg i:1-- in tie 'ollectiol of tlhe
U7. S. National "Mii-eiii 'intaiii.- iic:rIl l.'.uiim eggF.. TIle mIas, i, not
compact and is -lightly fa-tiietd to tll' ii1ider1,':i.l of Ilie lea ve.. Some-
tiniw.. according to Koeliele. tlie eU2". are laiil in .-IiiiallVr 'lliase., on
the stems and branches. Thle larva moult fuur time-. Becoming as
tln-y grow older very variable in tlair nimrkingi. In tlhe extreme
South the insect is reported to lie fioumad in all .tage.v, during., thle ,iim-
miner, and there are three or four generaitonl- anlnuially, tlhe last lliber-
nating in the pupa state Ibeneatli tlie gr ,oud 1an11 giving, fortli the
moth the following Maricl. In the imiimimier linc. atcrdtling to Koe-
I lt-i. whose observations vweriv manle in Florilda, tlie itie occupl)ied by
an entire generation is aloit .i\ week-.. Ii tlie \iinitv of Washing-
ton, at Co,:ll', i. W. Va.. andi probaIlly everywl ere in it, northern
rI'ig,1. there are two ginviration-. ,'u brood-. aninuamill.
a Entomiological News.. N9it'eiil't'. IIHI I. 1-11. iiS. iill.
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.A of parasitic inet'is atitack: aind kill ti he cail; .i phin x.
.1 init l/ I *.../..' /, SayI a I ommon. I IIIIid I p1' read, an very l,- I I
I' ll pI arasithi enemy I'f sphinx w'kterliillari. atlttk- thiu ,i" i ..
4inIilt :i-I fri',l\ as it I( o l the ornl worll w "' of tiobl icco nidi tomato.
I',ifrtii I:ti ily V l 'pa site is it tJI r/ parasitized by oli er I l ine-
nopiti~ t.,of w, hich twoc sp~ecie's.l, J/ .(w ///'..( uprl lnitH' As-hmn. an l]<'<'
1, I. mesJ /r.''il,/ IRiley MS'l., ar1 rii'. irlttl Tliec s-,Prondnry parI;ii
-it-i ii oulr eXI Ierit'nc, iowrver, t ire nlit ,'ii',i,. lly !iltnll lali( ; h1'licc
ile I ienefiial primary tti -I ite flon rislics iii spite of lheir iit t iick.
.1 I/,i,, te'h'H ,,,/,, I',f tl the a riinlrV l)p iI I)it('l, i 1; i1iriiit. fo1reI-\ Ili' 1.
wIiI-plilk lv. Its l rvI l, I I i white. 4,,.,.r..,llile (Teati l T'. il, i'i,-;
iilliin tihe io ly uf' the ctilcrplillir, :iiol wliti, full fil ;iitcl ritvil for
t riii1-ftl'ii iiiii each indi-
vidliiil eats a hole tliiii'li I ) -
thi' -kin of the caterpillar (_ /^jy^\ "
II III spins its little white "' / f -
',iI',,,, o01 the outbid,. Tw) .lf ., (
'iimi'rl)I or I more of ii ucI
liA'l)1ns iil \ be set'n Onl tiht' .
I,,,,Ir Ati'r a I' It,,Ipy1 t1 Ifr'om
' ,iiiig'd I)arasite issues fronm // 1- i \
Ill' ,coo( -ns to lay ".'-- and pi'
; i'2 ,1 l i :i, ', a tl h ,_i i .rjir i ,l t h e ._..
"id lairvte. "'l']i lparasite is -f I--
lilluitlii n thi ,ll ,I-Ili,,ill the I
evl'l I l 1l1ll.od States. ^ 2 u~,,... ..*.*,. i;r.U.o i
.ll;<'IOld iti-fi ( .1/" if ..... ',L ') catail(a f|>liln ': Ailutll witiii l,,,i,:rfttii, nl rlilht
,,ti TR iey 1h l a- 1ind~ erilnrif d ,'intpnnn )t left. (l''riom llo tivi l.t
< iit,//p I.H I `' I j iv\. w\hich :I I)-
ipeai.- to he a special parasite of the .iii_ ( 'ratonni, i also i ,.ii i i.,i
i1- Ml. 1 e Inemy ,,f the -1,.1i,4- under dijcilsioni. e xi ei e i pa ras-it isn of
tiw ,;.italpa s)l phinx by this specie wasI obIer1ved, I" Mr. A. 1-. B1I ,<, .-.
at .*I',kJ ,i U k ( i,,. in 1',i.,. In one case a l:sr..'e i inlmb r of the hy per-
paral-Aite ,/.'.'. pteri'mV i'let f ,f/lfle Fitch a nd a f,. j i:n ividiial of
H, , t H.ubIt) /Ii ', ...I *" II/' A\-hil. were ,r ret ared fromI tIhe
-;aie ht of larval, the hvyperlaratites oiitnii1l'ri!, ii I the priIlary
pia 1r: ites fourI to one. min-, however, is exceptional.
lvI collonImon sAecies of tachina i1'-. EInI);oroe' iaftpi/flS
MNu'i. (t. 2) and t-rontmnu i"" .'; Will.. N il- attack tIle larva ,if
tile catalpa sphinx. Tl,'-, are1 -,0 i ',i.l plra 1it1 of lA pidoptera, the
forilltlr ill f'-I i inf 27 distinct -pecies. the latter "22.
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NAT I 11 1 NIMItS.

A few birds prey upon the caterpilli ir. Iut mn,-t of them evi-
dently find it, wlihen full go,,,,i. a rather t, gl, mor-,el. tlih -kin being
especially tough and thick and the insect :i very'v iuii:-cilar one, so that,
in fact, it is ,liii.iilt to crush one with the eliii of a caIne. Among the
birds which have been rii ,,rd.d as de-troying thi, iii-ect are cuckoo.-,
the ,: 1iid. and the Baltimore oriole.


hle', catalpa sphinx may be readily de-trotyvi 1by differentt method-.
H1,,d pwick/ig.--Owing to its hir,,gi siz,. tlie titrl)illiar is., easily
-c.,. and it is possible to control it by h:nad pi.lking with the aid ot
a long ladder and a 12-foot pole pruner or -iiiiliar device.
Arenicalsd..-The insect can be destrovd.l b'y an ar-enical -pray
of either Paris green or arsenate of lead. lappliled a for other shade-
tree pests, such as the tussock moth and fill \\emve orii.'7 We may
take ad ; ita ,;,e of our knowledge of the gwrgarim ns Iialit If thle young
of this caterpillar by watching rather clo-ely for it in ll ie -pring, and
if the leaves are observed to be eaten in anv pirticii.lir ])place. a poi-
sonous spray should be applied. This max' frciiiently -,ave an entire
tree. Where only a few trees are to be trenltci, it will In, lje.t to spray
all the leaves. Owi ig to the fact that tli, t'oli;.ige i- freiiiently in-
fected by a leaf-spot disease,' the added ,pr,;tuit il of u-iing Bordleaux
mixture as a diluent for either the Paris gre,'n or ar-.enate of lead is
Dcstrutction of the pfupm'.-Where the caterl)lliar- h;ve been so
abundant as to have affected the trvee, it u ill pamy a- a precatition for
the folli iig,, year to spade up the grlouidl tlhi romglil. ; tl ilis.inte-
grate it in the fall so as to d(-tr,, the 1pup)w. whIirli,. will he foiuind con-
centrated under the surface of the ground in tlhe inmmeuliate vicinity
of the trunk.
Prote(-ting the parasites.-The second or la-t generation, which
appears in Sep)tember and October, is largl. dle-troyed u y parlasites
which are frequently very abundant just ;I- tlie olde-t caterpillars are
lI'i-inninig to reach full ,_r,,wlth. At thi- time the par:;i-ite-. which
have been previously iicniitiiiied. issue fn-iu tlli body of their host
and spin large masses of white cocoons oin 11,. I ik- 1if the cater-
pillars. These masses are so laIrLre that the c(;iin lie -,ei at a con-
siderable distance airii-t the black stripe- of tlie I,,)-t in-e(ct. It is
not advisable to destroy the caterpillars at tlii- -tge. a- tIlie I)' ra.-ites
are very beneficial and in ordinary seas,,l- % ill redii,'el tlie 11imher-.
SFor (lirec-tiotUs, see Frniers' Bulletins '.0 aniil 12-T. wli-hi imaiy he ubt.iiiedi
L'r;ii Ulion l )i )liiiatioui.
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or ll. spihiinx caIerpillar io tlhit they will niot alpar the f,,lli," i.,
s.a:iili to do iiiimuch harm. \\ .i t0he cat.r'lijilrs c;in i I-. ,ailv
giitlird,1 it will pay to pick Ithem from tiI, l]avi, ,t l rd rWn-fr tltm
I, I rrl or l.i.i, ._, iox co 'red with 'wir\ r\% in.: n cttiL' hi T i ill prv- \nil
Ihli ,.it(r(ilhu'i fr'o n i--ii, -, or rilliii ;- i |'r,' to birds or otl r ;m i
nilil-..,Ind w ill iliiurc (ih 1 i. lliilifv ,1 l l' < l> )!il^'li:-il! ilirni-,l] (hrl nie-htn"-,
Iliu- ,riiicic Lr:LiriL' their ,. ....1c work. A fe1 lioh'- sio ld Ii lh orel ii
llii. ImuIttoin of I h Imrrti or l4txes isied. -1iiall .i itilIi 1.o i'eveiiI Ihi'
'illr; illars fronmi crnwl i,,' l, Iir 1 .11.h iieh mi il1 the i o i r, iilii. \1\l, will
Ipri'v-nit the i'uimnihition of water .if'i r riihk" whili i,.lci Ilrow n
I li i i eets or set 1'I putrI efvItioiin it tie ll iII-.
If I the cooperation of ti1lcl,, I- whole hal Ive citalp)il t ree-s -ri, illcf Oil
llivir [>reniseN ('aill bc s-ecired, 0i0- eilterpillir cili lhe larLIrly controlhnd
,r -,.veral veIlrs in -s1ce'-SioIl.
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