Sunday we gave the Blue Lid caterpillar a new leaf.Â His old leaf was practically gone.
Monday, 18 August 2008,Â we transferred the chrysalis to an aquarium.Â We used a 10% bleach solution and cleaned it well first. Â We need to find him something to climb up on so he can dry properly when heÂ emerges. We also spritzed him with water so he won’t dry out.
Blue lid container; Put caterpillar into cage, we did not measure because he had molted earlier and wasn’t looking too good.Â Added two new caterpillars from milkweed collected from across the street.Â They were hiding up top so we did not see them at first!Â Our new babies are tiny!
Peanut butter container;Â We have two caterpillars in here still.Â Both are about 11 cm.Â Â Added new leaves because they finished the old ones.
“The Hatchery”; Two babies; both are 1 cm (10 mm) long.
“The Cage”; Cleaned out with 10% bleach solution and lots of water!Â Put in large caterpillar from Blue lidded container and the large one from the Nursery so they have a large area to continue growing.Â Both happily munching now.
Nursery; Cleaned and added new leaf.Â Caterpillars 11 and 12 mm long.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008.
Got milkweed plant for the cage and leaves for the container.
Blue lid container; caterpillars both very little action.Â Did not measure.
Peanut butter container;Â 15 mm caterpillar is “Mess” and 16 mm caterpillar is “Sea”
“The Cage”; Changed milkweed because it was practically gone.Â Named 34 mm caterpillar “Faster” and bigger one “Eating”
Nursery; Named 12 mm caterpillar “Castor” and 15 mm one “Polex”.
I have to draw a place for them.Â Then we are going to build one.Â I will put in a place for them to hang.Â I need one place for each of “ages” or sizes.
I have learned that caterpillars eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and eat and…