I got my first rearing kit from Monarch Watch on Wed. this week and the 1st and 2nd instars have been dying. They are not eating well and shrink up and die.
Can somebody help me figure out what is happening? I just lost another 2 tonight for a total of 5 and there is another one that is not looking very hungry.
I have fresh milkweed from my yard ..I have several different milkweed plants maybe I could switch...I also have tropical and I also have common. I know none of them have been treated and I still wash the leaves.
I santize all containers and tents and started out with new containers for this year.
All of them are each in a seperate container now but I never had any more than 3 in a container at a time and I seperated them by size.
The only thing I am doing different this year is I am rearing indooors. I have all the cats upstairs in a bedroom with the air vent closed and blocked off.
Can anyone help?