on a picture for a close-up view.
is fast disappearing as each leaf lasts only minutes. Crunch,
Munch, Gulp is the only sound. This is the stage where you must
have planned ahead for your pet as no plant can grow fast enough
to keep up. Your caterpillar must have plenty of Milkweed as
no other plant can be eaten...and it has not stopped eating
in days, it eats constantly. Your caterpillar knows just how
important it is to have plenty of fresh milkweed to eat, and
it eats all day and all night. Compare the first picture below
with the last picture of your caterpillar...WOW!!! It has grown
over 2,800 times its original size since the egg. Think about
that for a moment, If you grew that fast how big would you have
been 3 weeks after your birth? Bigger than a bread box, you
bet!...you would have grown as large as a school bus and weighed
many predators will bother your caterpillar at this stage so
most of the focus should be on plants and keeping your enclosure
filled with fresh leaves and very clean. Caterpillars prefer
to be kept dry and clean and good air flow is very necessary
as they quickly process their food. Where does all this Milkweed
go? a great question that we have overlooked. Well it is turned
into "frass" or caterpillar poop, not a glamorous
job to keep the enclosure clean but very necessary to ensure
your caterpillar stays healthy. Where the word "frass"
came from we are unsure but leaves go in the front and you figure
out the rest. This natural byproduct is very good for fertilizing
your plants and can be dried and saved for future use. Watering
your caterpillar is not necessary if you have fresh leaves, as
it can get all the water it needs from the leaves. We often
wash our cuttings prior to giving them to our caterpillars and
make sure to always keep the stems in water so they do not dry
out. Dried leaves are not favored by caterpillars and can cause
problems so remove them as you are able. Just in case you run
out of leaves your caterpillar can happily eat the Milkweed
stems as seen in picture #4. when the leaves are gone some plants
are eaten literally to the ground as the caterpillars search
the Migration race continues with millions of Monarchs flying
North. They need Millions of Milkweed plants and heroes like
you who take action on their behalf. This is a Nationwide project
and many people are needed in every region to assist the Monarchs.
Please take a moment to think of friends and relatives you can
contact and get involved in this improtant campaign.
use this link for more ideas on how you can help the Monarchs.
link will give you access to Free seeds, Milkweed plants, and
important plant care information.
Monarch Foundation brings you this free learning experience
and hope you will share your, lessons with others and help Butterflies
in your area by inspiring others to take action and plant seeds
for their caterpillar children. Please take advantage of our
Free Seed Program , our
low cost plants and butterfly rearing supplies and please tell
others about this online pet adventure!
in 3 days.
Big is my Caterpillar? The difference in the pictures at right
is just one day!!!
These pictures use a penny as a size comparison.
Get a 45 DAY head start with pre grown Milkweed palnts $1 EACH - CLICK HERE