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The cats like the butternut squash and cucumbers. I found lots of input. I also have a number of them on the parsley and dill plants. I feed my Cats on; Milkweed Vine Thanks for reply! Beware of any sprayed plant, however you obtain it. larvae When milkweed blooms, its blooms are one of the favorite Monarch Butterfly food plants. Protecting New Zealand from invasive biological threats. However they will happily eat the plant bare. There is no milkweed to be had. successfully If you want to watch every stage, you’ll need to put them in a cage or container. Monarch caterpillars will eat butternut squash and a few other raw vegetables. There are still plenty of leaves on the milkweeds, many multi-leaved stems, there doesn’t seem to be any competition for food. They demolished my kale but I let them. Better then them all freezing in this cold. While smaller caterpillars can feed on pumpkin flesh, pumpkin doesn’t provide everything they need to properly develop. Today I found a Monarch caterpillar eating a mustard leaf and starting to prepare the silk in said leaf. larvae larvae. It’s very helpful. You give hope. If you feed them pumpkin you will more than likely find the caterpillars cannot make their chrysalis OR that the butterflies don’t emerge properly. Just to clarify the study, this is Tony Gomez’s response: Over on the DPLEX list, butterfly buffs–and the Monarch caterpillars–are getting resourceful. “Food of Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus [L.]) Larvae in New Zealand” by G. W. Ramsay The most important thing to remember is that pumpkin and other alternative foods should only be fed to 5th instar Monarch caterpillars. no problems from the 2nd There are many large milkweed plants at Lanier Middle school (you will see many Monachs flying around) that the students have planted and I am taking any small cat I find there as I have read that the smaller one’s still need milkweed. It may well be what the wild population needs to survive for a while. Thank you for the Kale info! of 4 weeks to purge itself of these chemicals. are ready to enter I wonder if they are swallowtails… I bought a milkweed plant and placed it next to the bare parsley and they are all on the milkweed plant now munching away. We’ve released 50 plus Monarch’s so far with many more to go. Should I leave pumpkin and cucumber about the yard, per some of the comments above? Keep an eye on it and let us know what happens. There is evidence of larvae They are doing great. instar taking strands to feed to your hungry To the attention-seeking media: Stop making conclusions about things you obviously know nothing about. The just eat the skin, btw. imago Watch out for vomiting soon after introducing the A piece of research indicates that farming monarchs produces butterflies Forget how to fly south. Sign up for email delivery, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, @monikam.  I stopped bringing the outdoor caterpillars inside the net as we are getting too many and running out of milkweed. Easy to cultivate and grows just about anywhere, although it is considered a noxious weed in many states.  Or perhaps local nurseries will get more milkweed in stock. I have raised 5 generations this year with the last emerging precisely when it is time to catch the ride south. The most important thing to remember is that pumpkin and other alternative foods should only be fed to 5th instar Monarch caterpillars. However they The easy way to identify the black swallowtail caterpillar is to touch it and see and smell the little orange “horns” pop out on their head. I read that cucumbers treated with Bt would be toxic to caterpillars. This year I will hit the window releasing them precisely timed with when they migrate comes through on the highway south here in the northwest corner of Arkansas. I have some good, healthy milkweed plants and found my very first cat this morning after 3 years of growing them. Help us to protect the moths and butterflies of New Zealand. Pumpkin fruit. “All 52 of mine finished on cucumber, looked great and joined the wild,” he said, adding “UPDATE: must be fresh, crunchy cucumbers.…two-weeks-in-the-fridge cukes were rejected with enthusiasm….what an uproar!”. Thank you for the info on the pumpkin and cucumber! I even have a tiny 1st – 2nd instar that has been feeding on it. One morn went out and it was covered with monarch caterpillars. Systemic sprays can't be washed off easily and the plant needs a minimum I have never reared There are many hungry monarch caterpillars out there thanks to the warm weather. Try to have way more than you need, and make some inaccessible to Monarch butterflies. Grind dry bits into a powder. emerges from the Guess they know what’s good. So, if the monarch caterpillars only feed on milkweed, why are they doing very well on the parsley and other plants in my garden (I have only one milkweed plant and that has not been used by the monarchs)? larvae The fate of the monarch butterfly still hangs in the balance after the U.S.  “We couldn’t distinguish between them in any way.”  Reid shared a photo of “pumpkin frass”–orange colored butterfly poop which is produced in volumes in the final stages of the caterpillars metamorphosis. Good question—they just SEEM to know. Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata. Photo courtesy Ellen Reid. I wish I had found it before I had to make emergency runs to the railroad tracks and prairie to feed our 44- 5th instars. May 26 at 12:34 pm. ?still stuck That will be around 40. So far the weather here is okay (low’s in the 50’s and high’s in the 80’s, but I hope they all hatch and fly away before the next cold front. Take a look at the caterpillar here: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/checkered_white.htm. Professional butterfly breeders have been experimenting for years to keep their livestock well nourished when host plants become scarce. Ideally wash or hose the plant first, including I frantically called both Lowes and Home Depot, they had no milkweed in stock. larvae, When ready to feed, Mix powder with some water. They look similar but have different antenna. http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/ However there is only a few of these in New In north America it's main foodplants are Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) - which is banned in NZ, Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata and other members of the Milkweed family (Asclepias spp). Sorry, I’m totally new at this and don’t really know what to expect. I am cutting the branches and plant them in soil, hope to have more bush when spring comes. Mine eat the thin skinned Persian cucumbers. Female Monarch Butterflies spend most of their time looking for milkweed plants. Milkweed is Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). A big plus is that this year I have more Monarch caterpillars in my yard than ever before. Related posts:Â. They’re gone.  Several folks mentioned that by the time the caterpillars get to their fifth instar, or their final stage, before morphing into a chrysalis, they will eat pumpkin and cucumbers. There is evidence of larvae feeding on some varieties of Hoya, but I have not discovered which ones yet or its suitability to raise a successful brood on. On page 4 of this study, you refer to home raisers as hobbyist breeders which is a completely misleading term which does not apply to the vast majority of us. If your not in New Zealand, then the 'best' How do they time it? I have pumpkins and cucumbers in my garden; I’ll try that to see if they’ll eat it! Common Problems for Monarch Caterpillars and Butterflies. Large butterfly, wingspan up to 100 mm Caterpillars feed on plants of the Asclepiadaceae family, usually Swan plant in New Zealand Alternative food plants are Tweedia and Araujia Tweedia ( Oxypetalum caeruleum) is a … I was able to get a side-by-side comparison of the monarch and swallowtail caterpillars and you were right. I found this site while looking for information on Monarch caterpillars eating other plants. Many of the larvae will not make these transitions successfully.”. I searched for help in starting my Monarch waystation. The frass, or butterfly poop, of pumpkin fed Monarch caterpillars reflects the food’s orange tint. These are the type with kill the It worked. Within 2 days it was gone. So Monarch butterfly caterpillars appear to be more adaptable than we thought. If you are looking for native milkweed to feed hungary caterpillars and live near Wimberley, I have discovered milkweed where none was last year. Part of themselves was outside the green lopsided chrysalis. Last year, we had a shortage of swam plant, Gomphocarpus physocarpus/ swan plant. I hope it was enough food.  A harsh, dry winter preceded by drought and schizophrenic weather have left the sought-after perennial a no-show in many Texas gardens–and on roadsides and ranch land. Where do you all get your monarch caterpillars? Is this normal? I had 15 but am down to 13 but that’s ok. Beautiful butterflies. You can raise the swan plant from seed or buy the plant from a garden centre. Recipie for silkmoths: Well, my monarchs are a bit more adventuresome. I’ve now found two them hanging upside down on other plants ready to make a chrysalis so I think you’re right, that’s exactly what’s going on – thank you, and sorry for the panic!!! Are you sure they were monarchs? Good luck! Food and eggs The main food for Monarchs is the swan plant or milkweed (Asclepias fruiticosa). http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Bio12Tuat03-t1-body-d5.html They wouldn’t touch the cheap 99 cent ones. All sprays will cause your I’m betting your caterpillar is not “eating” the mustard leaf, rather, it’s spinning the silk button to form its chrysalis. As far as I know Bt is not systemic; therefore, it would not be taken into the plant tissue. Will the Monarch Migration Become Extinct? Just a thought. Photo by iNaturalist user @lauraelviauribelara. Silk moth caterpillars are fed a “cake” made of mulberry leaves and some other ingredients. It seems every website indicates that the monarch caterpillar will only eat milkweed. I went back and forth between the laptop and the caterpillar and unless the eastern black swallowtail has develop the sets of alternating yellow, white, black, white and yellow strips what I have there is a Monarch. I’m hoping that by the time the hungry cats finish up the tender seedlings, my garden milkweeds will have taken off. The tropical milkweed comes in two colours -scarlet (which has a gold centre) and gold (all yellow). It worked.  “These cats are eating the skin of the cucumber,” relayed Addington. (Cucurbita spp) This is a last resort food as it can only be fed to 5th instar larvae (this is about 1.75" or 40mm long). I very much doubt much will come of it. My large caterpillars all seem to be leaving their plants, crawling through mulch and whatever else to go I don’t know where. We’ll do this the next time we have several 5th stars at once. Dry powder can be stored. Monarchs and other caterpillars often leave the host plant to form their chrysalises. Those were Swallowtails, which eat dill, parsley and fennel. I MHOP, global warming will screw up the timing as well as lack of habitat, pesticide, etc. Right now I have 89 crystalis at last count and 30 plus caterpillars. relocate your starving I never found any cats so I know it was not them. To our monarch community: Let this be your wake up call to always ask questions when the methodology, conclusions, and media reports on monarch research don’t make sense. How to Get Native Milkweed Seeds to Germinate, Persnickety Texas milkweeds, May Not Lend Themselves to Mass Production, Tropical Milkweed:  To Plant it or Not is No Simple Question, Desperately seeking Milkweed:  Be sure to buy pesticide free plants, Butterfly FAQ:  Is it OK to Move a Chrysalis? I have many rabbits, I think they did it. into a butterfly. Monarch females will often lay eggs on them naturally as well. 🦋🧐 So it was amazing to see them on it. Technically you are not allowed to move any part of the plant, but if you are I Make no attempt to judge the merits of this finding. If you feed earlier instars (larvae/caterpillars) they will not survive. A bivouac of monarch butterflies, 2015. Chop the leaves into fine bits. Photo courtesy Paul Addington, Like what you’re reading?    Many of us who raise butterflies at home, especially in a year like this, also seek alternatives, since local nurseries seem to be having a hard time getting milkweed and keeping it in stock. If you are raising caterpillars indoors and your caterpillars have eaten all the leaves off the stems of a milkweed plant, spearing raw butternut squash chunks on milkweed stems produces less mold and mildew and keeps caterpillars out of their frass. The caterpillars quickly began to feed. Some of the monarchs in my yard have moved from the milkweed to eating leaves on my Monterey Almond Tree. needed urgently. In the fifth instar, Monarch caterpillars will eat a variety of pumpkins. 🙂. I have never reared larvae from Hoya. I just planted milkweed two months ago and am fascinated following this process. When they’re ready to make their chrysalis, they often leave the plant. The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust was initially formed to protect the Tauranga Bay overwintering site, but has now expanded to support the monarch butterfly population across New Zealand. I need food for cats!! butterfly Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust. Hope they make it to Iowa as I will have a great milkweed crop. There are some other food sources available. And no, these are not swallowtail caterpillars. I have also recorded Is there perhaps anyone in the Hutt valley area (I’m in Naenae) with anything spare. Pumpkin is not the best, Baldy. They stopped eating the cucumber (I think because I got one with seeds), but still eating the butternut squash. Too late now, I have to release them all to my almost bold-headed milkweed bush, and let the nature take the pick. I do believe the are starting to adapt even when they don’t have to. I first learned about feeding pumpkin from Jacqui Knight of Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust. instar Mine where eating my kale in the garden I live in New York. I gave them some this morning and I’ll see if they like it. Wash the leaves in cold water and remove any bugs, etc. https://monarchbutterflygarden.net/when-monarch-science-fails-to-take-flight/ I may be soon running out of milkweed. Swan plant milk is poisoness and the caterpillars need the toxin to develop properly. Milkweeds, that is, any Asclepias species, are the host plants to Monarch butterflies and the only plant on which they will lay eggs to continue their life cycle. 7/31/2019 I just found two monarch caterpillars eating my dill! Reliable DPLEX correspondent Harlen Aschen wrote to the listserv that reaches hundreds of butterfly fans that on a 1000-mile trip from Port Lavaca, Texas, past San Antonio to near Abilene and back around Austin “we saw no blooming milkweed.”, Yet that hasn’t stopped a tenacious group of butterfly lovers from raising caterpillars and hatching butterflies on “alternative fuels.”. U people need to try Fennel. feeding on some varieties of Hoya, but I have not discovered which ones yet or its suitability to raise I did some searching and did find some references: My boys are hungry! Good thing I have another one. But because of a cold, wet winter their favourite snack is in short supply and it's up to Kiwis to get planting. That is what I did to my pumpkin. I wonder if milkweed leaves could be adapted to this recipie, and whether the resulting “cakes” could be stored. It’s a quandary. I’d be 99.9% certain, they are swallowtails, feeding on Parsley. I was so excited! Well most people do a Internet search and find there is not any good single page on this topic. onwards, this is about 0.75" or 18mm long. to die, sometimes within a few hours, but other times after the I say ‘partial alternative’ because only the older, larger caterpillars can make use of it. I just tried cucumber and they are at least giving it a try, but not devouring it like milkweed. This plant has large leaves, which poses problems for the A small excerpt from the article above: the undersides of leaves and stems. Monarchs only eat milkweed. If so, we might be able to feed the cake to hatchlings that appear before their food source is ready? Any info on this? Last year I planted dill, got quite tall. Thanks. However watch that it is not sprayed by a landowner as Photo by Ellen Reid.  The one on the right was reared on milkweed,” Ellen Reid wrote via email all the way from St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia. I think I have solved my problem as to what was stripping my milkweed. Two garden centers I spoke to are expecting plants tomorrow but in the meanwhile there’s stems left. Butterflies are particularly fond of sliced, rotting oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, peaches, nectarines apples and bananas. Six Monarch caterpillars have pretty much decimated this pot of milkweed seedlings planted in February. Another version with good pix, Your site is so informative and great to read. The mixture can be … but they will go for the flowers, buds and seed pods first as they don't initially like the larvae Ask for help to move your batch to someone local at. Wasps. Learn more Related science. If you feed earlier … The results look something like a combination of boxing and 'bumper' cars. The outdoor caterpillars ate everything at the front of the house. They move fast too — they just pick a direction and start going very determinedly. If I keep taking the milkweed from the yard, the outdoor caterpillars will run out. I sliced several pieces of squash and placed it nearby. Monarch butterflies have made their way to Texas, but unfortunately not much milkweed greets them upon arrival. Jon Miller, Oklahoma City. have no problems from the 3rd We figured out that the lizards were eating them. In the process of sucking nectar out of flowers, it pollinates those flowers. larvae Allow to dry. They are still eating kale that I change regularly and butternut squash but I am trying to find some milkweed plants to grow in the house for them but the kale and squash seem to be working. fluffiness of the leaves. (The) Giant Swan Plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) and Would finding alternatives affect the fact that they store the milkweed toxin as a defense mechanism from predators? Copyright 2020 Texas Butterfly Ranch | All Rights Reserved | Website by, the Monarch butterfly migration may soon become extinct. I have pictures of them finishing it up. Do check out our forum. Then, cut it into cubes, put a hole through the middle, and then put it onto the milkweed stems. Two summers ago Nelson couple Chrissie Ward and Tony Staufer raised 460 monarch … onto a vine. pupation. Of course the favourite is any one of the 'Swan Plants' or 'Milkweeds'. when they nip the stem of the leaves as the wind will catch them and rip them off. “These were organic, but still felt like they were waxy, so [they were] heavily scrubbed first.” Addington said the caterpillars indeed preferred milkweed when given a choice. I would be interested to know if the adults from 5th instar larvae fed on pumpkins and/or cucumbers have as many poisonous cardiac glycosides that deter predation as those who feed exclusively on milkweeds. You could peel the cucumber. larvae   See it with your own eyes. Should I pick them up and bring them back to the milkweed? Photo courtesy Ellen Reid, Paul Addington tried feeding his Monarch caterpillars cucumbers. Is there a specific type of squash or cucumber that seem to be more appealing to the cats? Photo by Monika Maeckle, No milkweed? (Cynanchum laeve), it is abundant regardless of weather. Tweedia will sustain a hungry Ahhrrgg, now what? This plant has several names including Moth Plant, Cruel Plant, Kapok and Milkvine. Help! My experience with pumpkin is that it will feed the caterpillars but the butterflies will be deformed (as in small wings etc). I believe it was the 15 inches of rain and subsequent flooding that resulted in this treasure. It’s obviously got to cold so I brought them in. after it emerges from the I called our local co-op and asked about Bt, and they said that organic certification rules allow for some limited use of Bt, but that it would be applied on the exterior of the plant and fruit. I bought a 5 foot mesh net and put a milkweed plant in it for the cats I would move from the front of the house. Join; Members. 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