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skinnyhoops wrote:Hello from Florida! I'm new here, but wanted to share some information I received from a reputable company in southern florida, the name I won't say because I don't want to hurt business from Monarch Watch. In south Florida, with all the heat and humidity in the summer time, the caterpillars simply don't fair well. I recently had similar problems with a few cats hanging in the J position and not forming a chrysalis. My best guess is bacteria, since bacteria thrives in wet (humid) habitats. The only thing you can do is remove infected cats away from others, keep the leaves and cages as dry & santized as possible, and just some good ol' fashion TLC.
Mona Miller wrote:That could also be fly predation. Did you check for fly larvae in the cages? The larvae is very small. Comes out while the caterpillar is hanging in a J most of the time. Sometimes it waits for the pupa stage. They look like little worms and then make a tiny brown pupa.
If your cage isn't parasite proof, the flies can easily lay through the netting.
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