Chinese swallowtail updates

hawaiiponder34September 28, 2013

Swallowtail caterpillars ( chinese).everybody turned green:-)

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Cresphontes

Awesome!

Nicholas

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 11:44AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

What beautiful and interesting looking caterpillars - I love green!

Sherry

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:07PM
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Leafhead

Sweet!! Those are some cool cats:)
They almost look Sphingid in a way...

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 12:34PM
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hawaiiponder34

oh they are so slow, and cute alright, but what the heck is that smell they produce??? its like a mixture of lime oil, stale socks, and a week old armpit smell....good lord!! they spray me that each time I clean their container..I just don't like them crawling in their peppercorn-size poops. will keep you guys and dolls an update :-D

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 12:50AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Black Swallowtails produce a nasty smell, also. Since they eat pretty strong smelling food (dill, parsley, fennel) they have plenty of smelly chemicals to work with. It's a protective response to scare predators away. Can you keep them outside. In the shade, where the smell will not be so bothersome?

Martha

    Bookmark   September 29, 2013 at 10:30AM
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hawaiiponder34

I kept them in another bathroom we hardly use. I got the cat, the dog, and the chickens in the yard. I am not comfortable putting this guys in the butterfly house because the netting is not sturdy. when they all done pupating I will put them outside. the smell doesn't bother me at all, except when they all get excited when I feed them, hehehe:-). they are cute though.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2013 at 4:42PM
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