I have been trying to hatch some European Swallowtail Butterfly cocoons. I had 4 and 3 have emerged so far. First 2 were with crinkled wings unfortunately and the third has had a successful wing growth. Now my problem is that these butterflies can’t seem to understand that they need to eat.
The first one has died after numerous efforts and starving, the second is loosing alot of body fat while the third one has just emerged.
I have offered their host plant; fennel, fennel flowers, different home grown flowers, fruits, sugar solution and nothing. I have placed the butterflies on all these foods. Their proboscis remained uncurled. I have tried to coax it myself by using a toothpick. But they get irritated, they don’t keep it uncurled and instantly curl it back up. When I hold it keeping the toothpick in the way, they keep attempting ti curl it back in. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t know what the problem is. I feel I have tried everything the internet has offered and still nothing.
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