I think I have enough for now ...

I think I have enough for now ...

Joined: January 26th, 2008, 10:36 pm

July 21st, 2012, 4:27 am #1

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!

Caterpillars and chrysalis galore!!!!







~Becky~

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Joined: June 28th, 2012, 2:34 am

July 22nd, 2012, 12:40 am #2

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!

Leah
Ocala, Fl
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Joined: April 22nd, 2012, 5:48 pm

July 22nd, 2012, 3:37 am #3

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!

Caterpillars and chrysalis galore!!!!







~Becky~

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You must be helping out the population! Awesome!!

Linsey
MN
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Joined: September 20th, 2005, 6:23 pm

July 23rd, 2012, 7:47 pm #4

Fantastic - I'm so jealous!



Sherry
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Joined: January 26th, 2008, 10:36 pm

July 27th, 2012, 4:34 am #5

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?
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Joined: September 16th, 2005, 2:59 am

July 31st, 2012, 1:17 am #6

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!!!



~ Cat (Edinburg, TX - Lower Rio Grande Valley)

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Joined: June 28th, 2012, 8:08 pm

July 31st, 2012, 3:16 am #7

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!

Caterpillars and chrysalis galore!!!!







~Becky~

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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

Erika
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Joined: January 26th, 2008, 10:36 pm

August 1st, 2012, 4:11 am #8

I have released almost all of the emerging Zebra Longwing butterflies. I've been seeing quite a few of them flying around my yard lately. No surprise, I suppose. LOL!

I can't get over the fact that they can live up to 6 months! I didn't know there were any butterflies that would live more than a few weeks. Way cool!

~Becky~

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