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BST Eggs and Cats!!!

Posted by treehugger100 z6MD (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 9:58

After missing my first round of cats - they emerged and left before I got to see them - we have a new batch! They just hatched. There are still a couple of eggs. Now I have a cage. Should I bring them in the cage now or wait for another instar? I am so excited!!!


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RE: BST Eggs and Cats!!!

Bring them in as soon as possible before they all get eaten by something.


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RE: BST Eggs and Cats!!!

Yep, I agree. It is amazing how quick they disappear if you don't. I think I read somewhere that only 2 out of 100 caterpillars make it to a butterfly. Don't know if that is accurate, but it sure seems like A LOT of them get eaten or just die if I don't bring them in.


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RE: BST Eggs and Cats!!!

Thanks! I just pulled 3 cats and 1 egg. There are ants all over the plants. I hope they did not get the others. I will look daily in case I missed any. I am so happy!!! Thank you!!!


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The egg is black. Now I read it could be infested with a parasitic wasp. Is that true or do they turn black before hatching? I removed it from the cage with the cats just in case. Thanks for your help!!!

This post was edited by treehugger100 on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 17:13


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RE: BST Eggs and Cats!!!

Do you know how long it has been since the egg has been laid? The eggs do turn black before hatching (actually the black cat inside), but I can usually see some of the clear egg as well. Once they turn black, they hatch pretty quick, so I would say you should have a caterpillar at least by tomorrow morning, if it is good.


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No idea. It was on the same plant as the tiny cats I pulled off. I will check tomorrow AM and see. It is so exciting!!! Thanks for your help, spiroan!


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