The first group of eggs, earlier this spring produced 18 butterflies so far, with 2 chrysalis' still to hatch of these Black Swallowtails. This female could have been one from that group ~ wouldn't that be great?! I will continue raising these eggs and any more I find. I am also currently raising Spicebush Swallowtails, if you haven't seen my previous posts about them. The caterpillars for those are really neat looking. I have one that is a chrysalis, 2 hanging - that should be chrysalis' by tonight or tomorrow, 2 large green cats, and one small brown cat to go. I am always looking for more while on my walks. Luckily, there are plenty of spicebushes, sassafras, and other host trees along the road I live on. They are very hard to find though, as they like to hide during the day and feed at night. I am anxiously waiting for the monarchs to come to my area. I have more milkweed planted in my yard this year and have seen alot growing along the road I live on. I have ordered 100 tags for my monarchs this year from "Monarch Watch" out of Kansas University. I ordered 50 last year but raised 66. I'm hoping to use up all my tags this year! I have my mother hooked on raising butterflies now too! I have read many posts on how other people raise their butterfly caterpillars, seems everyone has their own way of doing it. The way I do it is farely easy. I use the little watering tubes that you get from the florist to keep their food fresh and have different sizes of plastic critter keepers. I keep them in the smaller containers until they get big enough to put in my large cage. My large cage is made similarly to a rabbit cage, totally screened in so that they can't escape! I do have the Spicebush caterpillars in their own large cage, since their food source is different. It really is a lot of fun raising them and a great hobby for anyone, of any age! One hint though, ALWAYS wash your hands before handling their food or the caterpillars.
Hope I inspire more people to start!
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