Performance of Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) on Two Common Host Plants, Including a New Host Plant Record

  title={Performance of Western Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) on Two Common Host Plants, Including a New Host Plant Record},
  author={Elizabeth E. Barnes and Sarah Gosnell and Claudia J. Hallagan and Keelia E. Otten and Lainey Slayter and Shannon M. Murphy},
  journal={The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society},
  pages={277 - 282}
ABSTRACT. Tent caterpillars are generalists across their full host range, but display local host plant preferences. We present evidence for a new host plant record, wax currant (Ribes cereum), for western tent caterpillars (Malacosoma californicum) along the Colorado Front Range. We tested the suitability of wax currant as a host plant for western tent caterpillars as compared to chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), an abundant and commonly used host plant. We measured the density of tent… 
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