monarch cats

napapen(ca 15)September 3, 2011

I have 14 Monarch cats pretty close to making the pupa. I have noticed since they hatched and eating, they prefer milkweed with flowers blooming. Almost all the eggs were laid on Narrow Leaf which was and is still blooming. Plants of other milkweeds which had finished blooming got very few eggs. I have been giving them the flowers and some have spent hours eating in the flowers. I have been raising monarchs since 9-11-01 and this is the first time I have found this behavior.

Penny

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terrene(5b MA)

Frequently the small cats will eat the flowers of the tropical milkweed, however I've never seen large cats eat flowers. The big cats will happily eat the young green seed pods, however. Since your milkweed is narrow leaf (Asclepias fascicularis?) perhaps the leaves are not supplying enough food for them?

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