Egg Hatching

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  • #53923

    Marion Bellamy
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    Any eggs we see on our numerous swan plants we bring inside to hatch but although these hatch and start eating the swan plant, by the time they reach about 2mm they disappear. Does anyone know what could be happening to them?

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  • #53939

    monkey
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    They are incredibly tiny when first hatched; not surprising when you look at the size of the egg they hatch from. I thought I’d lost one of mine & I looked and looked at the container I had them in, peering all over the paper towel they were on. Had almost given up when I spotted it on the OUTSIDE of the lid, an incredible distance for something so tiny.

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    Jacqui
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    Great to hear, Marion!

    #53937

    Marion Bellamy
    Participant

    The mystery has been solved. After having thought we had “lost” 2 or 3 newly hatched caterpillars, we found they had hidden themselves by eating into and virtually burying themselves inside the flower buds on the sprig of swan plant. Thank you to those who offered suggestions.

    #53929

    Jacqui
    Keymaster

    I do the same as monkey but use plastic takeaway food containers. I replace the leaf daily

    I was getting a lot of infertile eggs last year though… are you definitely seeing caterpillars?

    #53927

    monkey
    Participant

    They are very small & can easily escape, especially as lots of them seem to move away from the food source when they are going to moult. I put mine in a jar with a paper tissue in the bottom of it. Then I use a plastic lid with a very small amt of water in it & cover this with glad wrap, with a tiny hole cut in it. I put a very small sprig of swan plant in the hole & carefully ‘feed’ the little caterpillars onto it. Then I cover the jar with more glad wrap. I undo the glad wrap from time to time to let in fresh air, or you could poke tiny holes in it. When the cats are larger I move them on to bigger premises. Seems to work for me, & they can’t escape & die of starvation

    #53926

    LeslieD
    Moderator

    are they still inside? lots of things happen to them especially if they are outside. Predators like wasps and shield bugs and earwigs will take them … and some just won’t survive anyway. I’ve found they are very vulnerable when shedding their skin.

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