If you find a drowned caterpillar…

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    Jacqui
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    Edith, in the USA, shared this:

    If you use water and one (caterpillar) drowns, try covering it with regular table salt. It draws water out of the spiracles and trachea and sometimes it will revive after lying in the salt for 15 – 20 minutes and simply crawl out of the salt pile. Rinse the salt off and put it back. VERY often it lives if it hasn’t been in water more than about 20 minutes. This works for all species that we had end up in cups of water with host plant cuttings. It seemed that no matter how hard we tried, some would eventually get into the water. We like paper towels and foil now because there is nothing to bleach afterward.

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    Jacqui
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    The caterpillar has now pupated and is looking very healthy and normal.

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    Jacqui
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    Hey! IT WORKS!!! Just drowned my friend’s caterpillar – I wasn’t watching it and it fell into the moat. I don’t know how long it had been there… but it’s alive again and I’ll go and find it some MORE FOOD.

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