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  •  neato! (4+ / 0-)

    man they fly right almost when you are just about focused...

    we have raised lots of Swallowtails on Anise..coincidentally the Anise Swallowtail!

    those are pretty easy but you need a fresh green unpoisoned supply of Anise.

    They are pretty easy to raise in a jar and cocoon on dry sticks.

    Other species get off the plant and just multi-leg it....like Admirals and Monarchs.

    we learned the hard way to cover the water in the jar with aluminum foil to keep them out, they don't swim well.

    We raised some Tomato Hornworms in a jar with dirt in the bottom, a big jar, they make a big cocoon.

    and what a great thing for LB..by the time she gets to raise Silkworms on Mulberry leaves (maybe she has already done that in preschool?) she will be an expert.

    ID'ing the eggs and even watching them lay them is also good for what ails you.

    Our other species here are Clouded Sulphers, they stay on their tree...mostly, cocoons can be nearby.

    and now for the closeup:

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Tue May 21, 2013 at 01:31:37 AM PDT

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    •  Oh cool! You've raised caterpillars! This is my (3+ / 0-)

      first experience with it. I went online and did a bit of research and learned about their habit of falling into the water. I took a couple of empty plastic soda bottles and drilled a hole in the top of each, filled them with water and stuck the host plant in the hole . I hope that works.  The cats are staying put on the plant without a cover for now but plan to make a cover for the aquarium soon.

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon

      by burnt out on Tue May 21, 2013 at 09:48:57 PM PDT

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