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    Thanks Jacqui, I got your email. My cats came from a rural area (Te Toro near Waiuku)where they could have had sprays etc used around them, I don’t know. Most of my hatchings have been perfect, it’s just the ones that were fed on Pumpkin that didn’t seem to survive. My new plants from Shaun ( MISFIT) now have eggs on them after a visit from a beautiful huge monarch a few days ago. Is she too late in the season? I notice the hatchlings are getting smaller & smaller compared to her.
    Have posted some new pics of one who got brought in by the cat a day after I let it go, so I put it in my monarch hospital and fed it on nectar/juice . The pictures show it clearly drinking for those that are interested.

    Cheers

    Adrienne

    http//nz.msnusers.com/natureshots


    adcat
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    Can anybody tell me why my sick caterpillars ( 2 now) go through a prolonged period of wriggling and kind of pulsing and don’t achieve anything but they also don’t seem dead?

    see my photos group to see what stage I mean.

    Released another small butterfly this morning and it seemed fine. I love the way they walk all over you before they take off.


    adcat
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    Here is a link to my pics of my sad caterpillar who isn’t going to make it to a chrysalis
    http://nz.msnusers.com/natureshots


    adcat
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    Thanks for tht , I’ll remeber it for next time

    in reply to: Pumpkin as Alternative food #16306

    adcat
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    Thanks Jacqui for the vote of confidence in the pics. Unfortunately that happily munching caterpillar just doesn’t have what he needs to complet the metamorphosis I don’t think. He took ages to hang and though he looked in great condition didn’t seem able to produce the right sticky silk to hang well. He’s hanging by a thin thread an I thought he was dead but today ( 24hrs later) he is wriggling and pulsing but not achieving anything. I guess when you mess with nature you don’t really know what will happen. I released another butterfly yesterday but the weather is very windy and rainy so I don’t hold much hope for it either as it got stuck on the roof for ages and I was out there “bird watching”!! Ready to throw something at the nearest one if they came near it!!! It’s funny how this gets you in isn’t it?
    I will post some pics of my sick caterpillar hanging to see if anyone knows anything from them.

    in reply to: Pumpkin as Alternative food #16301

    adcat
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    Just a note to say thanks SHaun for the swan plants. It was so good of you to do that to save one caterpillar. Would you believe he is still munching?!! He has plumped right up again and is in really good shape. I expect he will hang in the next day I found the address for my pictures. I will post some more there tonight including one of the renewed healthy caterpillar. Thanks again, Adrienne

    http://nz.msnusers.com/Natureshots

    in reply to: Pumpkin as Alternative food #16291

    adcat
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    I can’t believe it he’s come to life and is trying to munch again, I think he’s looking for the swan plant It took about 60 seconds for him to get munching and moving after lying down for most of the day. thanks for the tip Terry , hopefully it will get him through to tomorrow.
    Adrienne

    in reply to: Pumpkin as Alternative food #16290

    adcat
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    Help,
    I have one caterpillar left and he i tarting to fade. I have no sap and I just wish I had seen this topic a few days ago. I may be able to get a few leaves tomorrow, but I have to drive out into the country as I don’t know anyone in Waiuku with a swan plant. I had taken the water out of the container and the branches have dehydrated but I chopped off some stem and cut it up then pured boiling water over it. Then dipped the pumpkin into it. I palced it under the cat. and he seems to be eating it . I hope he makes it.
    HOw long do you thnk a caterpillar can last at this stage?


    adcat
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    Thnaks for that . It was very upsetting to see it disintegrate and not to knkow what to do about it. Yesterdays monarch is still with me, it doesn’t see to want to leave!
    So that makes up for everything. Just a question though, should the chrysalis be hard before you tie it around the black bit? Mine was very soft and wet still .

    Adrienne

    in reply to: Caterpillar CPR #16283

    adcat
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    Hi shaun, yes they are indeed amazing. I have just hatched a beautiful monarch yesterday but the day was tempered by sadness when my younget caterpillar appeared to be “hanging” too early. It was much younger than two others who are still munching and didn’t have any white sticky stuff to hang by. I touched it gently to see if it was just asleep but it fell off. So I left it in a safe place on a piece of tissue paper with a piece of pumpkin next to it. it was a warm place and I though t if it was still alive it may do something. When I got home later in the day I found a lot of green jelly had poured out the back end of it ad it appeard to be dead. I gently moved it to a different place and didn’t have the heart to throw it outside. Imagine my surprise ( and horror that I may have killed it) when I see this morning that it is half way into a chrysalis but appears to have not been able to finish the job. I feel terrible tat I may have caused it to drop, so I have another one hanging today and it has no white stuff to hang with either so I am leaving it alone to let nature do its job.
    I was wondering if maybe the pumpkin doesn’t allow them to make that sticky white stuff the way milkweed does?
    cheers

    Adrienne

    in reply to: Caterpillar CPR #16274

    adcat
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    I had a similar experience just a few day ago when one of my caterpillars seemed quite motionless after getting a dunking while eating a seed casing that was floating in a glass of water. I put him in my hand and blew on him with hot breath for while until he responded!! I just assumed he was too cold and that I warmed him up. Adcat

    in reply to: My first butterfly mini farm!! #16273

    adcat
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    Yes Jacqui. It is amazing. You are never too old to witness such natural phenomena with awe. I have noticed that once the caterpillars are on pumpkin that they eat for a lot longer. Before once they got to a certain size I removed them from the food source and they hung quickly. I took this to be a natural safeguard if food got scarce (which is probably wrong), but now the ones on the pumpkin just keep munching!! Maybe it hasn’t got the nutritional value to fatten them like milk weed or perhaps they just like the taste!!? Only two more to hang and then the hatchings will start one by one……very exciting for us all.
    Can you tell me how you post photos on this site? Thanks Adcat.

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