Monday, July 3, 2017
Update on the "Hotel"
A total of 11 caterpillars were found and brought inside away from the greedy beaks of the birds.
I was concerned the over-crowding would result in caterpillar fights, but they get along nicely together. Ignoring one another.
I clean the tank frequently. 7 caterpillars are actively eating now. 4 have purged, found a comfortable twig and formed their cocoons. That is a very interesting process to watch, too.
In a few days, we will have lovely butterflies to release. I will try to photo record them. I have plenty of nectar rich blooms to support them once they are free. I hope they hang around a while.
The only "down side": the messy tank and the overpowering "dill" smell. Otherwise, a fun experiment.