Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The fishing tree...

Our Catawba tree is blooming....
it was one of the last trees to get leaves....
It is also known as the fishing tree...
because of the Catawba Sphnix moth ..
it starts as a green worm (it feeds on the leaves) 
that is great for fishing...
some people plant them just for the worms...
( you can freeze them to fish with later)
we haven't seen alot of them the last few years...
maybe the birds are getting them before we see them...
you can see something has been eating the leaves...





click on the links to see photos of the worms and the Moths..

I learned something new while doing research for this post......
I never knew what the moths looked like..
 I remember seeing these every year and didn't have a clue
that they were Catawba Sphinx Moths...
so see you can learn something by blogging....
I will be paying closer attention now...

8 comments:

Diana Ferguson said...

Enjoyed reading!

texwisgirl said...

We get sphinx moths here - not sure if I've ever seen that variety tho. thanks for the links!

Darla said...

Used to pick the worms for my Dad when I was small.

nanny said...

I've never used them but have heard they make the best bait!!

Dawn said...

Thanks for the information. It's true- isn't it? This blogging is good education:)

Linda Chapman said...

There is one of these trees between me and my neighbor to the east. For 17 years the coolest couple lived there. She was either part native American or simply loved the culture. There are berries on this tree in the fall and she said the Indians used them to make necklaces. This post makes me want to get in touch with her and learn more about this. I know she gave my daughter a necklace she made from the tree. White people were called 'Taba Bones'...I sure miss this fascinating lady!

Zoey said...

We have those moths, too. I have never heard about the worms, but then I don't fish.

It is amazing what we learn by blogging!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Deb I have this and had no clue that was what it was called. lol
I have to tell my nehphews who come out here to fish.
Interesting post and I always love learning something new especially something that grows in Texas.
Thank you so much for the sweet comment about my daughter. I still can't believe it happened and that our world has so many crazies in it. Sad sad
Love ya
Maggie