freda wrote:I’m also interested in what predator is getting our very newly hatched cats. Each hatching ‘hole’ is just that, not having gotten any bigger, indicating that the larvae was snatched right after it hatched. Now I’m collecting eggs. I’ve collected maybe 200 eggs and 200 tiny larvae in the last few days. It does seem that if the cats can survive to a reasonable size they continue to grow unthreatened. When I’ve been collecting the eggs I’m noticing the huge numbers of insects in my garden: spiders, flying-type insects and GRASSHOPPERS by the thousands. Any suggestions as to the culprit behind the disappearance of our cats?
While not having been at this for very long, I would venture that throughout the entire egg and larva life-cycle they are vulnerable. It just depends on the predator, and the predator’s size. The toxin acquired from the mw is not a deterrent against all predators.
The stink bug (aka. shield bug) comes in a few species; most preferring sap of plants but a small minority prey on caterpillars and larvae of some beetles.
I came across this in the field last year. Demise of Monarch caterpillar.
A stink bug is draining life from an unfortunate Monarch caterpillar.
This stink bug was very tenacious as it kept trying to hide itself from me, while always dragging the caterpillar
all around the stalk and leaf stems. It caused me to do 2 full 360° trips around the plant
before it stood still long enough for a couple of shots. From my Monarch project - 2006.
Have you seen any stink bugs on your mw plants?