Babies coming along

efeuerAugust 20, 2013

My first Monarch cats. They are about 1.25" long now.

I have two more in the pipeline, one 3/4", the other still tiny.

Two questions--
1. When can a expect the big ones to form chrysalides and eclose? I need a timeline b/c I want to go away Labor Day weekend, if possible, and I don't want to miss the big events.

2. Can I put a 2nd jar and stem of milkweed in the cage for #3?

Liz

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Those Monarch cats look pretty big to me, but size can be deceiving in photos. Anyway, by the looks of them, I would guess that they are 4th or 5th instars now. That means that it won't be long for them before they stop eating and start wandering around inside the enclosure to find a spot to attach to. Generally speaking, the butterfly eggs hatch in 3-5 days, and then they spend "about" 2 weeks as caterpillars and then "about" 2 weeks as chrysalides. You could always take the cats/chrysalides along for your trip. I'm not certain that I am sure about what you are asking in question #2.
Angie

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 5:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cghpnd

They are so cute! I just LOVE them!
Back in June I received my monarch caterpillar shipment 2 weeks early.

I was literally walking out of the door when the mail man threw a package at my door. It was them! I was not staying home or letting them stay by them selves as that was the first time I was caring for them. I took a huge swamp milkweed and all 11 eggs with me to go camping in Ocean City. They went every where I went.. lol.. No laughing please, I never ever done it before and I really did not want anything happening to my sons birthday present.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 5:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
efeuer

Cghcnp, I can't imagine how you transported those caterpillars over hill and dale like that! My hamper is about 2 feet high and a foot and a half wide. Somehow I can't see carrying it on the train to Maryland!

Bandjzmom, I think those cats are 12 days old now after hatching. It seems to me likely they will eclose after Labor Day, If your timetable is correct. I should be okay. My DH will be home, anyway, and I have his Boy Scout pledge that he will to take good care of my babies!
Liz

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 5:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Oh, well you are fine then if you have a Boy Scout DH to man the ship!! :o)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 7:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
efeuer

As of this evening...I'm so happy! One more is very close behind. The last will probably pupate towards the end of next week. With luck, I'll be back in time for the big event. I hope so...I bought Amtrak tickets last night!
Liz

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 9:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Leafhead

Great shots and awesome job!!
It shouldn't be too long now...

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 9:26AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
We need Monarch wings to help injured Monarchs!
We are looking for Monarch wings anyone has saved from...
KSOhio
Aristolochia fimbriata seeds for trade
I have a lot (probably 100+) of fresh seed from my...
CrazyPlantLady1
A romantic moment
Lots of activity in my garden. We released 7 male Monarchs...
jane__ny
Monsanto and monarchs
http://texasbutterflyranch.com/2015/01/27/monsanto-we-are-absolutely-committed-to-monarch-butterfly-conservation/...
arkpollinator
Did anyone watch the Monarch Butterfly segment on CBS Sunday Morning?
This was interesting and inspirational! The speaker...
kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)
Sponsored Products
Chooty and Co Oxford Sailor D-Fiber Pillow - CS17K2126
$36.99 | Hayneedle
Salsbury Industries Lockers 82000 Series 15 in. W x 78 in. H x 18 in. D 2-Tier
Home Depot
Braided Accent Rug: Botanical Isle Amethyst 2' x 4'
$89.97 | Home Depot
Tabletop Mobile
Design Within Reach
Salsbury Industries Lockers 32000 Series 12 in. W x 76 in. H x 18 in. D 2-Tier
Home Depot
Chooty and Co. Rafting Pearl 17 x 17 in. KE Decorative Throw Pillow - Set of 2 M
$74.99 | Hayneedle
American Heritage Natalia Modular Unit-Left in Navajo
Beyond Stores
Baby Love´┐Ż Rectangular: 5 Ft. 4 In. x 7 Ft. 8 In. Kid Essentials - Infants & Tod
$255.95 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™