Black Swallowtail Scent Horns stuck...is there any hope?
I'm not what my problem is with raising BST's but my luck has been pretty bad...especially when you compare it to my monarch record!
I brought in one BST cat to raise and overwinter. I thought there was something wrong with it at first because it wasn't eating. But it seemed to recover nicely and was growing at a good rate.
But then it seemed to be "shaking" the other day, which I have never seen before. I am using parsley that was planted early in the season and it wasn't sprayed with anything...even if it had, it would have been fine by now. (I also rinse off all the parsley I bring in.)
It stopped gyrating and wasn't moving much so I thought it was dying.
Then today the poor thing had a massive BM. (I checked to make sure it wasn't a wasp chrysalis...and no, it wasn't the barf they excrete before pupating)
Now, its horns are stuck in the 'out' position. I sprayed him with water thinking it would possibly lubricate them, but to no avail.
Is my BST toast? Thanks in advance for any suggestions, Tony