Well the fennel plants aren't that big. 4 inch pot plants.
I counted 15 cats on one small 4 inch pot.
I pulled 8 of the cats and brought them inside to rear. Am feeding them fennel and parsley.
Researched and found that cats will also eat parsley. So, I had already planted parsley in a pot from when I bought the fennel plants a couple of weeks ago. I slide the pots together this morning and by evening a few cats had moved over to parsley.
I also have some rue and several of the cats had moved over the the rue. I'm thinking their eating that too. So, if that is the case, I should have enough food for at least these 24 cats.
Went back to garden center and bought last of fennel plants. 50 cents each and I bought 8.
So at lunch time, slid those next to where the cats were feeding and by the time I had come home they were feeding on some of the new plants.
All the plants were bought from same nursery and they claim to not use pesticides. Their milkweed had cats on it and their passion vines had cats also.
So far, cats are doing good with their new plants. But, I'm afraid momma is still dumping eggs.
Found one egg on the parsly that I had feed the reared cats. So, now I have an egg also that I'm waiting to hatch.
Seems the eggs were deposited on the green fennel. The bronze fennel was skipped.
Except for the one egg on parsley, they seem to prefer the fennel and the fennel type weed that I have growing in my lemon tree pots.
Saving one egg, cat and butterfly at a time