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First Monarch egg hatched!

Posted by spaceman13 6b (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 8, 11 at 14:00

My first Monarch egg hatched last night!
I was able to see the dark colored head through the egg, so I figured it would hatch soon and put the egg leaf on top of a few small fresh leaves.

I checked it before going to bed last night, and I could no longer see the egg. I assumed it had hatched, but did not see the caterpillar. Despite my excitement, I resisted the urge to start rummaging around to find it, and it would be better off if I just left it be.

This morning I looked between the egg leaf, and the fresh leaves and saw the instar, munching away! Woo-Hoo!

I set out to finish the "Penthouse Suite" of the "Monarch Hotel". When I got it done, was going to take some pics to post, and got called in to work early! D'OH!

I came up with a great idea to put fresh milkweed stalks in, without fear of cats falling into water. Will post pics later today!

Thanks for looking,
Mark


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RE: First Monarch egg hatched!

Congrats, Mark!
It sure is exciting, isn't it?
Sherry


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RE: First Monarch egg hatched!

Can't wait to see the pics!

No monarch BFs, eggs or cats here, yet. :(

Betty


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RE: First Monarch egg hatched!

Yeah! Go spaceman caterpillar!


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RE: First Monarch egg hatched!

Congratulations! Nothing as exciting as that first hatching egg! Keep us posted on how it is developing, and please let us see your ingenious sprig widget.


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SpaceCat Molted!

SpaceCat Molted!

Here is spaceCat, 1st instar shortly after hatching, very small and hiding all the time. By the time I got the camera set up, He/She was out of sight!
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I looked in the enclosure this morning and SpaceCat had just finished molting!
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RE: First Monarch egg hatched!

Yeah! Congrats on getting it to hatch successfully! :)


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How adorable - monarchs are such cute cats!

Sherry


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RE: First Monarch egg hatched!

Very Cool!


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