How are your cats, Gwynne?
I have two chrsalises that will be butterflies sometime today.
I came home to a bouncing baby boy on Friday and I do mean bouncing! He emerged when I was at work and was still hanging on his chrysalis. I was going to keep him in for the night not knowing when he had emerged. I had to go out for an hour or two and I could tell he wanted to get going when I returned.
No one better think about pupating yet! They arent ready! I do have six caterpillars that seem to be about 5 to 8 days old. Then I went to another patch yesterday and found eight babies. Well, a couple looked several days old. I took a bunch of leaves because my usual patch is really looking picked over with all the predators. This patch looked in good condition, with some predators, but the milkweed wasnt all chewed up.
I did go back to my regular patch last night and ended up with 20 eggs! I didnt want to, but there were so many predators, I didnt see how they would survive. Dont know if they will fare better with me! I only found one caterpillar that looded a day old. After 20 eggs, I had to leave the rest and I dont have the resource to care for them.
For the caterpillars I got yesterday, I am trying the coffee filter method with holes punched in the filters. I will have to let everyone know how it goes.
How are your caterpillars doing?