Let's talk about Monarchs!
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oldmills wrote::-s I've been raising monarchs from eggs for several years with great success. This year was a disaster. I started with 120 eggs and 100% hatch. After normal growth for a week or a bit longer, My cats stopped eating. The cage was cleaned daily and fresh washed milkweed replaced. Day by day I watched the caterpillars wither and dye. Some were so limp they literally folded over. I did notice that several had a pale green liquid coming from their posterior at death. As of today, I've released one adult and have one chrysalis. All of the other caterpillars have died.
I am suspicious of pest contol chemicals, but I had been told that a water rinse and light wiping would take that worry away. I didn't find any of the white magot parasites that I've seen in the past. Does this sound familiar? I feel awful and don't want a repeat next year.
freda wrote:Sounds like OE and as much as I've read about it here on this site, I can't tell you how to find that information. It will probably be on the Rearing Indoors forum. There's a lot to read about it and a lot of good links and advice.
jemas wrote:Pesticides are not safe to use around Monarch caterpillars or the plants they eat. Rinsing or washing it off won't make the milkweed safe for caterpillars, IMO. Also Bt can be lethal for any caterpillar.
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