Living With Hackberry

Hackberry Emperor

Hackberry Emperor

When Emerald Ash Borer first came to Indiana, my lot had no ash trees and I was determined not to plant them. However, I moved in 2011 to a new location and quickly noted a row of four ash trees next to the street. Without those trees, there would be no shade. Our city does not remove healthy as trees, so we planted new trees to grow up between the existing ash.

Our city has a code for street trees, and hackberry was on the list to be planted.  Hackberry, host to 3 butterfly species common in Indiana, was the obvious choice for a butterfly enthusiast. We planted the tree in summer of 2015 and it is thriving. Today, I noted a hackberry emperor butterfly resting on a tree next to the hackberry. Perhaps we will have caterpillars

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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