Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Raising Swallowtails...

The hubs found them on Saturday August 4th. 
He went outside to water and came in with the news.
"we have cats" - I knew what that meant.
I was ecstatic, 
I could not get outside quick enough to see how many we had.

9 baby swallowtail caterpillars...planting all that dill had paid off.
They are so tiny, so fragile...
but they are in good hands, and a safe place.

Their home was clean and ready for them,

I have them sitting close to the window, with a great view.

I took this picture today of 3 of them, they seem to love the chop stick.
All 9 are growing and appear to be healthy.
They are climbing all over the place and eating like crazy.
and...
- they are pooping machines -

21 comments:

  1. What goes in...

    It will be fun to watch them Debbie. Keep us posted.

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    1. hi marie, dill goes in, that's what they eat...is that what you meant??

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  2. Oh, wow!

    Pooping machimes...ha ha! They are babies afterall. ;-)

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  3. Hello, it is exciting. Being able to watch the whole process. I love their cute home. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

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  4. Oh Debbie how wonderful! I can’t wait to see the mature butterfly.

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  5. My compliments for what you are doing! That is something I would really like...I adore butterflies. Please keep us updated.
    All the best to your cats!!!

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  6. Oh my goodness! They are so tiny and cute! Well, you'll have your work cut out cleaning after these 'cats'! heehee! I can't wait to see how they do! Keep us informed! Hugs!

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  7. Interesting post.Are they able to survive this way?!So neat.Thanks for sharing.Hugs!

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  8. I know you are taking lots of pictures so I hope to follow their growth via the blog. Fascinating to say the least.

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  9. Your babies are doing what all babies do -- eat, sleep, and poop!! Fabulous. I didn't know dill was a great host plant. Will mention that to my daughter!!!

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  10. Ours have all left for the year. We did collect some Monarch eggs for a friend and I am sure she will have fun raising them.

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  11. Eating and pooping is a good sign! I hope they do well!

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  12. Oh - very exciting! I can't wait to see how they do!

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  13. Oh, I am excited again to follow these posts. I love how you work witht them and your loving care. The end results are always so beautiful.
    Blessings and hugs!

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  14. They are in good hands and should thrive!

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  15. I have such a good time following these posts. I'm thankful you share them with us. It's so fun to see the transformation and I always learn something! I am happy to share that I have tons of monarchs swirling my patio this year!

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  16. Oh how fun, it will be so neat to watch them grow :) Great timing that your dill is ready to be use too!

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  17. Oh, that's awesome! This will be fun!

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  18. How wonderful to see this …
    Brilliant!

    All the best Jan

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  19. This is new to me - dill for swallowtails - but then I don't know a lot about butterflies … I look forward to watching their progression!

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  20. Just now catching up on your beautiful butterfly raising again. I'm fascinated by it all :D) xx

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