I have 6 caterpillars 🐛 currently. My oldest one I think is close to making its chrysalis. I will admit I have had a few casualties. (This is frustrating but I have to remind myself only 10% of eggs in the wild make it. And none of the eggs I left out on their own have made it.)
One I accidentally touched cleaning the cage (when it was newly hatched).
One escapee got smashed when I was looking for him.
One failure to thrive.
One fell into a tiny crack and I fed him for days he wouldn’t come out and I accidentally poked him with a lifeline. This one upset me the most. We were so close to a rescue.
I have definitely learned from my mistakes. And the second batch has faired much better.
Here are some photos.
The last photo is my big guy just a couple days ago. I do fear I may run out of milkweed. The 6 of them ate 3 decent sized leaves yesterday.
He/she is starting!
And the “littles” started or are about to molt I’m not positive bet they are somewhere between 3rd and 4th instars.
That’s all for now!