First Monarch egg hatched!

spaceman13(6b)June 8, 2011

My first Monarch egg hatched last night!

I was able to see the dark colored head through the egg, so I figured it would hatch soon and put the egg leaf on top of a few small fresh leaves.

I checked it before going to bed last night, and I could no longer see the egg. I assumed it had hatched, but did not see the caterpillar. Despite my excitement, I resisted the urge to start rummaging around to find it, and it would be better off if I just left it be.

This morning I looked between the egg leaf, and the fresh leaves and saw the instar, munching away! Woo-Hoo!

I set out to finish the "Penthouse Suite" of the "Monarch Hotel". When I got it done, was going to take some pics to post, and got called in to work early! D'OH!

I came up with a great idea to put fresh milkweed stalks in, without fear of cats falling into water. Will post pics later today!

Thanks for looking,

Mark

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Congrats, Mark!
It sure is exciting, isn't it?
Sherry

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 8:16PM
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bettyd_z7_va(7)

Can't wait to see the pics!

No monarch BFs, eggs or cats here, yet. :(

Betty

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 8:37PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

Yeah! Go spaceman caterpillar!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 10:38PM
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brindlebutt

Congratulations! Nothing as exciting as that first hatching egg! Keep us posted on how it is developing, and please let us see your ingenious sprig widget.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 8:19PM
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spaceman13(6b)

SpaceCat Molted!

Here is spaceCat, 1st instar shortly after hatching, very small and hiding all the time. By the time I got the camera set up, He/She was out of sight!

I looked in the enclosure this morning and SpaceCat had just finished molting!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 4:16PM
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bernergrrl(z5 IL)

Yeah! Congrats on getting it to hatch successfully! :)

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 4:36PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

How adorable - monarchs are such cute cats!

Sherry

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 6:10PM
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sweet_melissa(7)

Very Cool!

    Bookmark   June 11, 2011 at 8:14PM
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