lib66laur wrote:Thank you! They're pupating like crazy all of the sudden! On a stripped piece of milkweed, on the lip of a small Tupperware... At last count I had 28 in various stages and just released two healthy ones ~ all this after I "said" I was done for the year because I kept hearing these ghastly OE stories. That number probably seems puny, but this is my first year doing this!
Ah don't let OE discourage you. If your raising methods are good, then OE doesn't really cause that much of a problem for the butterflies. I've had about a dozen deformities this year but only ONE of those actually had OE. Some of the deformities were related to virus problem that hit a couple of milkweed patches I collect from. The majority of the deformities had to do with the butterflies simply falling from their perches before the wings were fully dried and did not get back up in time before they set in crinkled fashion.
Of the 380 I've raised and tagged so far (aiming to tag 500 this year) had about 75 with OE (moderate to heavy loads)... that's about 20% infection rate. They eclosed just fine with no problems.. you would not be able to tell by looking at them that they even had OE - they looked that picture perfect. I still tag and release them.