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Old 08-08-2011, 08:16 AM   #1
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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!
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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.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:24 AM   #3
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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.
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This is interesting! Bridget and jack, please keep us posted on your caterpillar nursery efforts!
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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.
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Would this be fourth instar??? Black Swallowtail on dill.
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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.
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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!!!
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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.
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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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