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Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

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I was feeling bad about my front flower garden. It’s a mess of weeds, especially on the end where I expanded the bed around the random dirt mound that’s been there since we moved in. I try to pull the tall, obvious ones from time to time just so it doesn’t look quite so messy. I was pulling out hand fulls of ironweed when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars in the Garden

The Queen Anne’s lace was decorated with vibrant, practically neon caterpillars. I counted 5 but I’m sure there were more I didn’t see. I went back this morning to show my husband and this little guy had finished up that entire flower head and was on to another in less than 18 hours! [Read more…]

Tomato Cage Caterpillar House

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DIY Tomato Cage Caterpillar House

A few years ago my sister and her friend went to camp a came home with a box full of Monarch caterpillars. We raised them in a large tub covered with bug net, filling it up with fresh milkweed everyday until they formed dozens of chrysalises (I had to look that one up, thought it might my chrysali but it’s not) and finally turned into a whole flock of monarch butterflies. We released them all after their wings has hardened and let me you, being surrounded by a swarm of dozens of fluttering monarchs is beyond words. The tub worked but since you had to remove the top it got tricky once they started pupating.  [Read more…]