Pawpaws as Bait

Yesterday I picked my first ripe pawpaws (Asimina triloba) of the year. The pulp was delicious. I then sliced the skins lengthwise and put them out skin side down on a plate in the shade by the front porch. Butterflies stopped by starting about 10 am. The most I saw of each species at any one time is listed below.

  • 1 Silvery Checkerspot
  • 1 Questionmark
  • 3 Red Spotted Purple
  • 2 Hackberry Emperor
  • 1 Gemmed Satyr
  • 2 Common Wood Nymph

Jim Nottke
Pfafftown, NC

2 thoughts on “Pawpaws as Bait

  1. Anonymous says:

    The pawpaws in the Charlottesville area are still quite firm and green, with the texture and flavor of squash/pumpkin. With the seasonal changes varying so much with latitude, I imagine the regionwide phenology of this plant expresses itself with some delay as one tracks northward. I have experienced in some cases that a change in elevation of about 1000 feet procures a temperature reduction on the order of 2.5-3 degrees (F). The same happens with a northward trip of about 200 miles at the same elevation. This 2.5-3 degree shift can result in phenological events being delayed by as much as a week. With all of this as a hypothesis, maybe we'll see the ripening fruit this coming week up here in C-ville?


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