Monarch eggs

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    monkey
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    Last year, somewhere on this site there were instructions on how to raise caterpillars from eggs, involving cutting the leaves they are on to the size of a shirt button & so on.
    I found this info just so useful last year, I raised dozens & have raised quite a few this year. I wonder if this info could be brought to the fore again, for the benefit of others? I can’t locate it at the moment……….
    Also the use of Milton to keep the little beasties & their environs safe & healthy?

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  • #57934

    kiwiwolf
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    I have lot’s of milkweed and see quite a few Monarchs aroud but can’t find any egg on the plants

    #57876

    monkey
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    Thanks Jacqui. Not quite the ones I was thinking about but useful nevertheless.
    The instructions I found last year involved cutting the leaf down to the size of a shirt button & placing this on a damp paper towel in a takeaway food box. Then when frass showed that the cat had hatched, placing the small piece on a sprig of milkweed for the cat to eat until it was large enough to transfer.
    I just found it so helpful when the eggs were disappearing due to predation by wasps, lady bugs ants etc & I thought others might too.
    In the early part of the season I keep the cats inside right through to eclosing, until the main danger of predation is over. I just move them on to bigger & bigger containers, lined with paper towels to change daily, & frequently giving the boxes the Milton treatment

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    Jacqui
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    Are those the posts you wanted, Di?

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    Jacqui
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