Should I? Shouldn't I?

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    Anonymous

    Hi there my daughter and I have been tending to three plants with numerous hungry caterpillers who have made themselves quite at home in our front garden. Problem is there are a few caterpillers who have formed their chrysalis on the leave of the plant and being the hungry creatures they are the fellow caterpillars have eaten ,most of the leaves they are hanging onto. We have had a few casulaties where "j" shaped caterpillars and their leaves have misteriously disappeared during the night and unfortunately one chrysalis casulaty. So do I move and re-hang the formed chrysalises that are hanging onto what is left of their leaves or just let them be. Also we have had a few wasps and praymantis hanging around any suggestions to keep them away?

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    Chrisalis
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    Keep an eye on other plants for caterpillars too.

    I had a yellow striped armyworm caterpillar keeping us company for a couple of weeks. It was 52mm long by the time it decided to bury itself in a pot of earth on my coffee table. It’s little brothers are entertaining us, chomping on tomato, tobacco and grape leaves.

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    #27016

    Chrisalis
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    They do fine inside as long as it’s not too dry. Heaters, fires and air conditioning on clear frosty days will contribute to a high failure rate. Mist them.

    I bring all I can find inside before the first frost and make a monarch hotel for them.

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    #27015

    Chrisalis
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    They can sit around doing nothing for quite a while between instars. Don’t mistake this for disease and don’t move them unless they are already moving on their own accord.

    #27013

    Anonymous

    Thanks for that I’ve just been doing a bit of research on here and other various websites about o.e appears I may have some infected. (ohhh no) Would you advise taking them inside to see if they hatch well and are healthy and then decide how to procede? I am all new to this so am looking to do this properly.

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    Chrisalis
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    Monarch caterpillars don’t care what happens to each other.

    If there is enough leaf left I spike them onto a toothpick, otherwise I use a cool melt glue gun to attach them to the toothpick. These are then stuck into florist blocks that sit on my coffee table.

    Kill the wasp’s nests if you can find them. Ask your neighbours to do the same

    I kill every mantis I see. A large pair of BBQ tongs is my favourite weapon. Once your manti have finished laying, go around the eaves, fences and any other likely places and destroy the eggs.

    Chris

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