Saturday, September 5, 2020

Saturday Critters ~ 351 ~

I am up to my eyeballs in caterpillars and chrysalis,
feeding them and keeping three cages clean has become a full time job.
A full time job I love!

I am releasing butterflies almost everyday,

some are happy to fly right off, 
others hang around and are hesitant to leave right away.
I have not been able to buy enough organic dill to keep them fed,
so I am also giving them organic parsley, 
they seem to enjoy it as it is gone in an hours time.

The last batch of caterpillars was 54...

4 have passed on, leaving me with 50.

This Black Swallowtail is a recent release,
enjoying the butterfly bush, they surely make a lovely pair.

Sharing today's images with Eileen at 
Viewing Nature With Eileen 
for Saturday Critters


Kim said...

Just beautiful, Debbie!

eileeninmd said...


Wow, 50 caterpillars. I can imagine they keep you busy and eat a lot. They are so cute and I love the butterflies.
Beautiful photos. A little chilly here this morning but nice and sunny. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Hard work but the results are fantastic.
Beautiful butterflies and, as always, perfect photos.
Lots of health and a happy weekend:)

Marie Smith said...

Those caterpillars sure look healthy, Debbie. You do a fantastic job!

Susie said...

Debbie, Bless your heart for helping Mother Nature with the butterflies. You are awesome. Diane at Lavender Dreamer shows her butterfly shots from hiking today. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Conniecrafter said...

Awesome pics, love how you got him on your finger too! Good thing they like parsley too, they are going to really go through with that many that's for sure. Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Ruth Hiebert said...

That sounds like a fun busyness.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love it when you explain some of what you do! It's so interesting. Love seeing the photos of the caterpillars too! Happy weekend!

RedPat said...

That is so many caterpillars! It must be so satisfying to see the butterflies leaving the 'nest'!

Lowcarb team member said...

You do so well with your caterpillars and butterflies.
Lovely photographs.

Happy Saturday Wishes.

All the best Jan

Boud said...

What a marvelous thing to do. Where did you learn and get started?

The Furry Gnome said...

What amazing work you've done!

Judy said...

WOW! I think you have found your calling!

Anu said...

Hello. Wonderful work. That black butterfly is awesome and beautiful.
Take care.

BeachGypsy said...

Hubby walked in and said something about butterflies while I was reading your post and I immediately showed him the pictures, He thought it was neat too! Your butterflies are so beautiful! I think some of them are reluctant to leave you and linger around for awhile! happy weekend my friend!!

Brian King said...

They're beautiful! You have quite the operation going! If it gets any larger you might need a butterfly breeders license. LOL!

LeAnn said...

As always I think you take the best of Butterfly photos. They are so up close and personal. I love that you capture their faces. The flowers are lovely too. You do such an amazing job raising them all and I love your nurturing heart.
Sending big hugs your way!