Alternative foods for Monarch cats ...

roselee z8b S.W. TexasApril 12, 2014

If you didn't already know this (I didn't) perhaps it may be of interest to those who raise Monarch caterpillars. In the fifth instar, Monarch caterpillars will eat a variety of pumpkins and cucumber and go on to successful pupation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Texas Butterfly Ranch: alternative food for hungry monarch cats

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runmede(7a Virginia)

Several years ago Jacqui Knight, of the New Zealand Monarch Trust, shared this method of feeding pumpkin, etc. I have tried the pumpkin on fifth instars (see photo below). I peeled the pumpkin, cubed it, put a hole in the middle, and then placed the cubes of pumpkin on the stems of milkweed. If used on first to early fourth, the caterpillars will not thrive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Search on New Zealand Monarch Trust for Pumpkin

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:08PM
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I wish I had that problem! I'm not seeing any Monarchs at all, much less caterpillars! Now that the wild milkweed are more easily spotted (some are blooming), I checked some roadside milkweed plants today....nothing found at all. I even drove by the dam area where I was seeing Monarchs last fall and saw none. However, I did see a Queen in my yard the other day, first I've seen this year!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 5:30PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

I have what I call butterfly buddies who share stock with me and I share with them in Virginia

Have you tried emailing any of the people that post sightings on Journey North for eggs and caterpillars. I usually follow the migration on their maps and sighting. The sightings website is a drop down list so you have to select the category. If you click on a sighting in the list, there is an email option.

Here is a link that might be useful: Journey North Sightings and Maps

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 6:00PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Back in 2007, sandwhy mentioned that Lincoln Brower raised monarchs on cabbage back in the 60s. Also said pumpkin would work.

The thread I've linked from 2009 is the first time I remember pumpkin getting mentioned here.

Here is a link that might be useful: Do your monarch cats eat pumpkin???

    Bookmark   April 13, 2014 at 7:16PM
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