FOOD

Animal Scene - - INCHORDATE - Fi­cus ben­jam­ina (Gar­den­erdy.com)

Of­fered food plants in­clude Fi­cus ben­jam­ina and F. ul­mi­fo­lia, as well as Elatostema (Fam­ily Ur­ti­caceae).

When I take short walks around my area, I make it a point to gather ap­pro­pri­ately-sized cut­tings of other Fi­cus species to pro­vide va­ri­ety. Quite sur­pris­ingly, leaves of grapes (Vi­tis spp.) are ac­cepted, even though th­ese plants be­long to an en­tirely dif­fer­ent fam­ily (Vi­taceae). Langka (Ar­to­car­pus het­ero­phyl­lus), de­spite be­long­ing to the same fam­ily where Fi­cus be­longs (fam­ily Mo­raceae) is re­jected, but it may be a good idea to try other food items be­long­ing to this fam­ily, among them tip­ulo (A. blan­coi), marang (A. odor­atis­simus), him­babao/ alukon (Brous­sone­tia lu­zon­ica, the flow­ers of which are used as a veg­etable es­pe­cially in Ilo­cano dishes), and mul­berry (Morus alba).

Other com­monly of­fered food items to other stick in­sect gen­era and species such as guya­bano (An­nona muri­cata), gu­mamela (Hibiscus), mango (Mangifera spp.), guava (Psid­ium gua­java), and rose (Rosa spp.) are not taken.

Ur­ti­caceae

Mo­raceae

Guya­bano (An­nona muri­cata)

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