Well, I've been finding and raising lots of Zebra Longwing caterpillars. Since these butterflies can live up to 6 months, I'm thinking I don't need to raise anymore for a while. How many can I actually support with nectar and host plants in my garden? LOL!
This is my little indoor cage that I rear them in until I can create the portable garden container for outdoors in the shade. At this point, I'm in no rush to create the container garden!
You sure do have alot! Don't they crawl all over each other when looking for a place to pupate? I can picture them all getting ticked off when one crawls on them and the whole container rocking like crazy!
Well, they are starting to emerge from their chrysalises. A few though have turned black. Apparently a disease got them. Possibly Polyhedrosis or something else. Maybe another caterpillar stepped on or bit them while they were pupating which may have caused the thin skin to rupture?
Way cool on raising and releasing all those Zebras!!!
I love the spookieness of the Zebra Longwing chrysalis. Reminds me of that vampire monster thingie in the movie Salem's Lot. Would sure hate to find a six foot one of those hanging onthe woods!!! LOL!!!
Becky great job on raising those zebras!! I wish I was as successful this year with my cat raising. I'm getting my milkweed ready for the monarchs when they make it down here. I hope your butterflies find plenty of food!!!
Cat you live very close to me. I also live in deep south Texas. I'm from Harlingen. It's good to see a butterfly enthusiast on this forum that was actually in my area lol