|Caterpillars feasting on oak leaves - Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden|
- Doug's native white oak tree had 410 caterpillars (19 species) found at head height. His neighbor's exotic Bradford pear (which is the same size) had one inchworm.
- Chickadee parents deliver 350 to 570 caterpillars every day to their chicks for 16-18 days in the nest.
Doug Tallamy is the author of the popular book Bringing Nature Home. He is coming to Springfield to the Conservation Nature Center to give two presentations.
- Bringing Nature To Your Home March 28 • Saturday • 10–11 AM
- Creating Living Landscapes March 28 Saturday 1-2 PM
Bonus question. Did you know that 534 species moths and butterflies caterpillars feed on oak leaves...and still the oaks are quite healthy? This and much more on the value of growing native species is in Bringing Nature Home.