I think the caterpillars are okay, so far at least. I do have a question. John, maybe you can help with this, as you have posted pictures of chrysalises on milkweed.
I have heard people say that they may put a whole stem with several milkweed leaves in a little bottle and put foil around it so that it stays fresher longer. I tried that and the caterpillars seemed to like it.
They liked it so much that one started forming his chrysalis on a leaf while someone else was munching on it! I got the munching caterpillar off the leaf and ripped all the other leaves off and let the caterpillar finish making his chrysalis outside the aquarium, so no one else would eat his leaf!
GB, if it helps any, he was in the J position for over 12 hours that I know of. But now I am worried that something might have gotten to him while he was outside the aquarium. No reason for worrying, just your post about the earwig made me wonder. He looks fine, I am just a worrier!
My question is what do other people do when someone forms or is forming a chrysalis on a leaf and someone else wants to eat that leaf? Especially if you are indoors and dont have a lot of space? As I said, I had to move the caterpillar that was eating and let the other guy finish making his chrysalis. Today, everyone else is J hooking so I put the first guy back in the aquairum, bottle with leaf and all, so that no bugs would get to him.