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Happenings in the insect world
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by George Jackson
on October 5, 2016 at 10:53 AM
I like mallow plants and would like to plant a few of the Lavatera maritima but can't find a source of the bi-color type you show here. If you know where your plants came from, will you please tell me so I can get some?  
 
Thank you!
by Ellen Zagory
on October 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM
Hi, Kathy,  
I have had lots of these in my Davis yard. Usually they are on the flowers of Erigeron W.R. Or Aster Monch  
Have photos somewhere.....
by barbara deutsch
on October 6, 2016 at 11:32 PM
Thank you everybody (photos are superb, as usual)-- here on levee road across south end of Tomales Bay, P.C. is one of the most reliable species in our garden -- I will check my alas disorganized notes to see if I am correct but I feel pretty sure we see it, not every year of course, but at least as often as not from some time in Februaryto some time in Nov.  
 
When I gardened on Portrero Hill in San Francisco, I tried the bicolor Lavatera you've planted, and found that Pyrgus did not use it; Gray Hairstreaks did but not to any great extent, probably taken by the Argentine ants who tended it heavily. On Potrero Hill and here as well, the hosts Pyrgus most preferred were/have been cheeseweed, Sidalceas, hollyhocks, Modiolastrum lateritium, Sphaeralcea munroeana (there), Sph. ambigua and grossularifolia (here), Malacothamnus spp.  
 
I don't know if Pyrgus used/uses Alogyne (V. cardui does) or Anisodontea (used by both V. cardui and V. annab.); I have not carefully observed but so far haven't noted use by any butterfly species of Pavonia  
 
Barbara
 
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