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bridget1964 08-08-2011 08:16 AM

Getting started on raising caterpillars
 
I know many of us here have raised a caterpillar or two in our day. Here is a good website to get started.

NPWRC :: Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

There is simply information on collecting eggs and larvae in the wild. Also it contains information on identification and descriptions of species of Eastern forests.

I am currently raising monarchs, eastern black swallowtails and a tiny little saddleback caterpillar!

jack 08-08-2011 10:17 AM

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Originally Posted by bridget1964 (Post 96665)
I know many of us here have raised a caterpillar or two in our day. Here is a good website to get started.

NPWRC :: Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

There is simply information on collecting eggs and larvae in the wild. Also it contains information on identification and descriptions of species of Eastern forests.

I am currently raising monarchs, eastern black swallowtails and a tiny little saddleback caterpillar!

Great site, Bridget. Thanks!! I currently have a black swallowtail caterpillar on my dill. His mom picked a poor plant, as it doesn't have all that many leaves. It was a strange choice, as I had fennel planted right next to it, but she chose the dill in spite of the fact that the fennel is huge and could support an army of caterpillars.

bridget1964 08-09-2011 10:24 AM

Jack,
I had the same thing happen in my garden! I ended up buying more dill from a garden center! Now the fennel is huge and no eggs are being lain on it. I am finding all the new eggs on the parsley! In the beginning of the summer, the fennel was covered with eggs. I know that the butterflies prefer to lay their eggs on newer, young, fresh leaves, rather than older foliage.

Hedgerowe 08-09-2011 11:40 AM

This is interesting! Bridget and jack, please keep us posted on your caterpillar nursery efforts!

Equilibrium 08-11-2011 01:07 AM

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I got a nice unexpected surprise back in July I think...
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bridget1964> Believe it or not.... you were the 1st person I thought of when I found it.

jack 08-11-2011 07:38 PM

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Would this be fourth instar??? Black Swallowtail on dill.

Equilibrium 08-11-2011 11:33 PM

I'm pretty sure yours is either a 4th or a 5th instar but which one.... beats me???? You're gonna probably have to wait for bridget1964 to pop back in. Yours has a lighter face than mine and I'm seeing some white bands and I can't remember whether that means it's a 4th or a 5th. Which ever one you have... I have the other if that makes any sense to you.

jack 08-12-2011 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Equilibrium (Post 97048)
I'm pretty sure yours is either a 4th or a 5th instar but which one.... beats me???? You're gonna probably have to wait for bridget1964 to pop back in. Yours has a lighter face than mine and I'm seeing some white bands and I can't remember whether that means it's a 4th or a 5th. Which ever one you have... I have the other if that makes any sense to you.

It does - your words are filled with clarity and meaning:). I hope we both have successful ventures on this!!!

Equilibrium 08-13-2011 01:07 AM

Mine took off. I watched over it until it made it to a new woodpile I stacked a coupla months ago. I got a kick out of the way it dropped down from the little patio table. Plop and off it went beelining it for the woodpile. I'm thinking mine was probably a 5th instar because of the hike it took after gorging. Bummer of a place it chose though.... now I'll have to check every log even better than we already do before we can burn it.

jack 08-13-2011 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Equilibrium (Post 97108)
Mine took off. I watched over it until it made it to a new woodpile I stacked a coupla months ago. I got a kick out of the way it dropped down from the little patio table. Plop and off it went beelining it for the woodpile. I'm thinking mine was probably a 5th instar because of the hike it took after gorging. Bummer of a place it chose though.... now I'll have to check every log even better than we already do before we can burn it.

Mine also took off. I took a look at it and then went out on an errand for a couple of hours. When I returned, it was gone!


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