Shaking, swollen caterpillar

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  • #47539

    Bron and Camryn
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    Hi, can anyone help identify what is wrong with my caterpillar? Earlier today it was upside down preparing a silk mat. Went out for a couple of hours and when I came home it was shaking and has a swollen thorax section. Isn’t vomiting or oozing liquid.

    Here’s a video:

    Sick caterpillar

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  • #47788

    Bron and Camryn
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    Hi Barry,

    It died unfortunately. And a second caterpillar died of the same thing. It doesn’t seem to be any of the common viruses I’ve read about.

    Since these two died I have been washing all food and I haven’t had any others die this way.

    However I have got a few at the moment who won’t eat and then lose weight and die so not sure what is going on with them.

    #47781

    Barry
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    So, what has happened since? {BEP}.

    #47550

    Bron and Camryn
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    Caterpillar has stopped shaking now and has done a large liquid frass that looks like lime jelly (eek!). Think maybe pesticide poisoning? My neighbor is building a house and did mention wanting to poison her grass recently, though she did turn up with a mower after I pointed out we have an organic garden and butterflies.

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