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Old 03-13-2013, 07:03 AM   #1
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trophy The Winner of our Butterfly/Moth Contest- how to raise them is MrILoveTheAnts

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Way to go there MrILoveTheAnts!
You've a very niiiiice certificate awaiting you here: http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...se-them-2.html
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Winner of the Butterfly/Moth Contest- how to raise them Contest

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Congratulations, MrILoveTheAnts!
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Great job, MILTA!
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Thanks everyone! As an update, I figured it was the first day of spring so I went down to check on the Black Swallowtails and sure enough one of the 8 actually emerged already! I'd thought there were 9 at one point, but I've learned two of them are empty, so one must have hatched last autumn and I forgot. It's surprisingly hard to tell which ones are hatched and which ones haven't without touching them.

I consulted one of my friends who does this more than me and she says she's heard anywhere from 1:3 to 1:10 sugar to water ratio. So I'm trying 1:4 which is about what I feed my honeybees. Not sure how much salt they need yet but I'm sure I can just put a table spoon's worth on a sponge or something.
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As an update, I figured it was the first day of spring so I went down to check on the Black Swallowtails and sure enough one of the 8 actually emerged already!
Congrats, again MrILoveTheAnts! What a great way to celebrate the first day of spring--especially considering the weather around here is hardly spring-like.

I love your books in the background. I ought to get some of those to read myself!
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Congrats, nicely done.
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Thanks everyone! As an update, I figured it was the first day of spring so I went down to check on the Black Swallowtails and sure enough one of the 8 actually emerged already! I'd thought there were 9 at one point, but I've learned two of them are empty, so one must have hatched last autumn and I forgot. It's surprisingly hard to tell which ones are hatched and which ones haven't without touching them.

I consulted one of my friends who does this more than me and she says she's heard anywhere from 1:3 to 1:10 sugar to water ratio. So I'm trying 1:4 which is about what I feed my honeybees. Not sure how much salt they need yet but I'm sure I can just put a table spoon's worth on a sponge or something.
Congrats, MILTA! Nice job!

Cool that your swallowtails emerged. I had one emerge prematurely in early March. I fed him for two days, then euthanized him. There was no way to release him when it was snowing out and I didn't have the time to feed him for a month or more.

If you are planning on keeping them for a while, you can give them Gatorade. I use cotton balls soaked in room temperature Gatorade. When they are done feeding, throw the cotton balls away. Mold will kill them.

Good luck!
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