applestar wrote:Did they excrete the left over "meconium" (dark orange/red fluid) after eclosing?
I don't know. I had several eclosing per cage, plus all the other health issues of new B's dropping.
The first big-bodied female couldn't fly. Her wings looked normal; I think she was just too heavy. I figured, like you did, that her plumbing was stopped up and the excess hadn't been excreted. I hoped that if I put her on a plant in the sun, time, heat, and movement would move things along. The next day, I found her on the ground in that part of the garden, still with the enlarged abdomen. I fed her (she ate) and I put her back on a plant.
With Oe, the tip of the abdomen doesn't release from the C-shell. Maybe these big-bodied butterflies have the same problem but it is manifesting itself differently -- their illness/defect/deformity stops their development just short of where that top bit of C-shell would be worked off, and a little bit of it is literally plugging them up.
I have not studied the tips of B's abdomens before to know what is normal and abnormal.