GROSS! Cats eating chrysalis

fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)August 16, 2011

Ugh. Came across two small-ish orange-barred sulphurs eating what had been a healthy chrysalis. Disgusting. The plant they were on had mostly dead leaves, I guess the heat and a string of dry days got to it, so they went cannibal. Looks really gross. I put them on some fresh leaves. Never seen this before.

Although now that I think of it one time I could've sworn an orange-barred sulphur cat was nibbling on a vacant chrysalis, but he froze up when he knew I was there and I never really verified it. But these guys were just chowing on it. EEEEWWWWWW.

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terrene(5b MA)

Wow, it sounds like those poor cats must have been desperate and starving, or do you think that is part of their regular food? They were lucky to have some human assistance to get fresh leaves!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:55PM
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bananasinohio(6OH)

Well, I have always said that caterpillars are basically walking plants. They incorporate a lot of the chemicals of the plant in themselves. This probably helps fool predators. Unfortunately it also means that they smell like a leaf to each other. But you are right...EEEWWWW!
-Elisabeth

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 9:42PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

They gotta do what they gotta do... But it still turns my stomach. It was very disgusting to find.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 10:16AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

You better close your eyes, then, if you happen to spot a grown caterpillar in the vicinity of eggs and/or hatchlings! Not uncommon, especially if the food supply is low.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 11:28AM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

No the eggs and hatchlings are not nearly so gross as them digging into a fresh, gooey, chrysalis. (Although I dont particularly like that either!)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 10:11PM
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