happening? The inside of your egg has turned a darker color!
This is the signal that your caterpillar is healthy and about
to emerge. It is a good thing we cleaned any paracites off the
egg before today. We just turned our back for a minute and your
caterpillar was out of its egg and exploring the big world.
First your caterpillar climbed up to the top of the milkweed
plant and looked around for a good place to hide Picture#2.
Your caterpillar was so small we had to squint to see its tiny
tiny grey body. Then your caterpillar began to explore again,
and climbed to the flower where it seemed to take a sip of the
sweet nectar. If you look closely you can see how it changed
color within a few more minutes and began to display its familiar
white, yellow and black striped suit, it will wear throughout
its caterpillar days.
#4 is of your tiny caterpillar as it eats its first tiny hole
in its first milkweed leaf. It is called a first instar caterpillar
at this point. Instar is the name we give the caterpillar between
the times it sheds its skin to grow bigger, this is called molting. Keep track of how
many times your caterpillar sheds its skin.
eat the eggs and tiny caterpillars so we have protected your
caterpillar in a fine mesh enclosure. Spiders, wasps, ants,
assassin bugs and a range of other critters would gladly make
a meal of your tasty caterpillar so make sure your caterpillar
is always protected. We will take all the steps necessary to
give your caterpillar an excellent chance of survival.
Monarch Foundation is happy to bring you this free learning
experience and hope you will share your, lessons with others
and help Butterflies in your area by planting seeds for their
caterpillar children. Please take advantage of our Free
Seed Program and please tell others about this online pet
in 3 days.