Host Plant: Roses

A rose is a rose is a rose...unless you plant it in a pollinator garden?  Roses are often overlooked when it comes to gardens hoping to attract butterflies and moths.  I even felt, maybe the few I had were taking up room for something less fussy, more beneficial.  However, if you watch your plants, they will tell you lots...
Here's, what I think, is a Morning Glory Prominent Caterpillar (on top of a parasitic wasp cocoon).  And yes, it was eating my roses.  This was pretty interesting looking, but nothing compares to the exquisite Tussock Moth Caterpillar and I only seem to find them on my roses, as I discovered is one of the host plants they prefer.
Here's a couple different types of tussocks that have visited us; and just like roses have thorns, tussocks have fine hairs that can irritate your skin...so give them their space.  
If you've been on the fence about adding a rose or two, I highly recommend you go for it!  I also recommend David Austin roses.  They have a wonderful old world look with repeat fragrant blooms.  They also are very full which is great because a Tussock can easily defoliate 1-2 stems and its a lot less noticeable with this kind of rose.

Happy Growing!
Lisa

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