All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Catalpa; Catawba Tree</strong>
<em>Catalpa speciosa</em> /Bignonia Family<br>
These trees are in the family Bignoniaceae, the same family as Trumpet Creeper vines and Cross Vine. The Catalpa moth lays her eggs on the big leaves of this tree a...
Catalpa; Catawba Tree
Catalpa speciosa /Bignonia Family

These trees are in the family Bignoniaceae, the same family as Trumpet Creeper vines and Cross Vine. The Catalpa moth lays her eggs on the big leaves of this tree and her large black and yellow caterpillars eat them. When my parents were dating in the 1940's my father would climb the Catalpa tree in his yard and pitch the caterpillars to my mother to collect for fishing bait. Now THAT was true love on her part! :)
Perennial
Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread, Warriors' Path SP

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