Question Mark Eggs (finally!)
Hi everyone, This afternoon, a female QM was flitting around in the garden, and I got to watch her lay some eggs (been for a few years for this to happen!). She laid some in weird places, such as on an agastache foeniculum, maybe a rudbeckia, and on a shriveled up sheep sorrel leaf. I did find a few stacked eggs on a hops leaf.
My question is how do I keep the hops leaf alive--will they keep like other plants in a water set-up (like milkweed cuttings, etc)? What should I do about the one on the sorrel? Try to move the egg? Keep an eye on it, and when it hatches,place it on a hops leaf (I'd just lay the sorrel stem over the hops)?
I've never raised anything from an egg, so I'm a little nervous about keeping the plants alive until they hatch. I have ants all over the place in the backyard though, so I don't think too many eggs will make it to caterpillar stage outside.
Any advice will be appreciated. Here are some pics:
Egg on the sheep sorrel leaf:
She was getting really close to me too:
Just for fun--got a couple of pics of her in flight--here's one: