Corgikarma(6)July 30, 2014

Last week I found a black swallowtail cat on the parsley which is now covered. Today I saw a monarch out flitting around the mikweeds and she left two eggs! I cut the stems and have them in a sterile mason jar. This is my first time and I am so excited for this activity! Some of you may remember my earlier post about having such a lack of butterflies. I am so glad to see some eastern swallowtails, black swallowtails and monarchs around here!

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Congratulations! It really IS exciting!


    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:13PM
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I also found a monarch cat!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:21PM
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Any tips for a newby? I also want to buy a butterfly cage, any you guys would recommend? Also, can the swallowtail go in with the monarchs?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:32PM
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    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 4:33PM
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Any suggestions for a newbie?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 7:53PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

I've used that type in the past and really didn't like it. Mine was very thin and flimsy, so it wasn't strong enough to hold a left overs container filled with water, plus, since it hangs, the left overs container could easily spill water if bumped. I don't know how strong this particular version of it is, but, based on the price, I doubt it's any different from the one I used. I tried using water picks, but when I tried to secure them to the very thin, mesh sides, it made a mess. Also, it's hard to keep paper towels straight at the bottom of it, to catch frass.

The type cage I've used for years is a heavy duty, zippered mesh covering over a PVC frame. It's actually intended for housing reptiles, but it works great for raising caterpillars. I've just ordered two replacement covers, because it's the mesh covers (the zippers) that eventually go bad. Most of mine are the 38-gallon size, but you could start with the small 22-gallon size, since it's less expensive, and you could see how you like raising caterpillars in one.

I've given you a link to my cage source.


Here is a link that might be useful: Reptariums from LLLReptile

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:04PM
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Thanks! Is it OK to keep the swallowtail with the monarch cats? I would wait until they got bigger.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:13AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Yes, I've mixed species many times with no problems, just don't put little caterpillars with big ones. They might accidentally get eaten.


    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 10:22AM
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