Zebra Swallowtail Molt

bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)June 13, 2013

Ok, #1 completed molt last night. #3D and #4L have just molted, and I got to watch #3 do his thang! So cool! Here is #4L after its molt. Remember that it was a light colored cat off the tree.

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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

This is #3D just prior to molting.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 4:18PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Here is #3D as it begins to molt.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 4:19PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

#3D with molt completed. He was dark when he came off the tree on the 8th, and he is still lookin pretty dark.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 4:20PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

GOOD NEWS!!!! All 4 cats successfully molted and are bigger and eating more. Harvested more Pawpaw for them just now. This is so exciting! Sorry if I post too many pics of them.. :o)

    Bookmark   June 14, 2013 at 8:48PM
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Leafhead

Not at all!! I'm enjoying the docudrama:) You should be proud!!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 2:57AM
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spaceman13(6b)

Love it! keep the pics coming!!!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 11:31AM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Thanks guys! I am obsessed with these caterpillars. They are different in so many ways from other species that I have raised. It takes hardly any provocation for them to protract their osmeteriums. In fact, sometimes simply opening their containers is threat enough! I am often greeted with the sight of the bold golden glands and the potent odor which accompanies them. It's a smell unlike anything I have ever smelled. They like to hide underneath the Pawpaw leaves and will even crawl in between the layers of the napkins to hide. I open the containers and can't see them anywhere. They are just so cool. New group pic coming soon. Thanks for indulging me and for your nice comments and encouragement! :o)
~~Angie

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 1:31PM
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mary_littlerockar(8a-7b mid Arkansas)

Love, love, love all the photos! Please keep sharing them with us. This may be the closest some of us ever come to these little guys.

Mary

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 3:13PM
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