Gone again

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  • #54740

    yarg
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    For the second time in a couple of months our babies have disappeared. Newly laid eggs of which there were many on three out door plants have suddenly almost all disappeared presumably to some unknown predator????? We have not noticed anything in the vicinity.

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  • #54812

    yarg
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    These are extremely large established swan plants and too large for a commercial castle. This morning we had another laying so will have to construct some sort of tent.

    #54811

    yarg
    Participant

    These were still at egg stage so not possible.

    #54794

    Matt
    Participant

    Also if this keeps happening you may need to take the caterpillars inside or buy a caterpillar castle to protect them from predators.

    #54793

    Matt
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    Paper wasps take them away to feed there young.

    #54745

    Jacqui
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    There are many predators out to eat tiny monarch caterpillars. The most prevalent are paper wasps. Read about them in the handout under SPECIES / PESTS (above). That handout also suggests ways in which you can tackle them.

    Hope that’s helpful!

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