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What about OE?

Posted by docmom z5 MI (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 13, 11 at 11:27

I've not heard anyone talking about this dreaded parasite this year. The reason I bring it up is that I've got so many cats right now, that it would be much easier for me to have one big container with all the cats and chrysalids together. Up until now, I've been keeping some groups together, that I collected as very small cats, and putting any new eggs or cats into smaller containers to keep them somewhat isolated. This way, if I have any infected cats, they won't ruin all the work I've done, just whatever is in their particular container. I don't even know if I could identify a sick butterfly if I had one, so maybe I'm just wasting my time and not helping the problem much anyway. Any comments?


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RE: What about OE?

  • Posted by ericwi Dane County WI (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 13, 11 at 19:49

This affliction will usually show up when the chrysalis is formed, as dark patches or dark lines that appear early in the development. Sometimes a normal looking adult will eclose, slightly smaller than expected, and lacking vigor. My opinion is that each monarch should be hand reared in an individual container, and that milkweed leaves should be thoroughly washed and dried before being fed to caterpillars. I typically hand rear and release 10 butterflies per season, although I might attempt 12 to achieve that result.

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