monarch cat with extra antennae..

fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)May 3, 2011

I know what you are thinking, no it is definitely not a queen!

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Wow, that's interesting!
Any such thing as a monarch/queen hybrid?

Sherry

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 6:43PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

That thought has crossed my mind too, Sherry. I'll be watching this one closely to see him as an adult. My guess is it's just a monarch anomaly but who knows?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 7:06PM
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minrose(4Mn)

How interesting, did it have this amonaly for all the instars then? Real curious if it evolves into a normal Monarch.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 7:06AM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

That's a good question, I did not notice it till now, but with the number of cats around I have not been looking closely at them all.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 9:14AM
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linda_tx8(8)

I'll bet it's a mutant Monarch! It doesn't really remind me of a Queeen and has more pairs of filaments than the Queens. How bizarre!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 11:37PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

Right, forgot to point out that he even has more than he would if he were a queen! And you can't really tell from the pic but the one in the 3rd set (the one closest to the camera) is just a nub. So he has like 3.5 sets of antennae. Fun.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 11:05PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

BTW, this one never came out of the pupa, which looked normal right up to the end, when it turned darker, then just turned black. sigh.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 11:27AM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

I heard about these guys through Monarch Watch back in the day. I don't think they operate anymore but their website still works which allows us to still see their article on 8 antennae monarchs.

KC

Here is a link that might be useful: Freak Monarch Caterpillars

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 1:51PM
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spaceman13(6b)

Major Bummer!

I was looking forward to some kind of jet propelled Monarch with machine guns or something!

Mark

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 2:01PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Maybe cats with anomalies can't survive. I had a silvery white gulf frit cat on year with a blue head! It was quite the beauty, but the chrysalis also turned sooty black, no butterfly ever emerged. :(
Sherry

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 2:46PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

@Mark - mee too!!
@KC - thanks that is an interesting page!
@Sherry - I remember the white GFs, but now that I think of it never heard the outcome. Makes you wonder if the "bad" chrysalis was because of the dna mixup or just coincidence.

Thanks all! We'll keep watching for the next interesting thing!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 4:10PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Burris and Richards linked this on their Facebook page today. If I saw a monarch chrysalis like this, I'd figure it was a goner.

Here is a link that might be useful: OPY monarch chrysalises

    Bookmark   June 29, 2011 at 9:49PM
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