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May 16, 2003

IT'S LEGO, not Legos. Heh


While going for a walk, my 3 year old noticed a caterpillar, and now I want to raise it into a butterfly.

From the research Iíve done online, it appears to be an eastern black swallowtail (we live in southeast Michigan), and I believe it is in the final stage before forming the chrysalis. Does this appear to be correct?

My next question, does it still need to eat at this stage or is it basically about to form the chrysalis? The reason I ask, is we currently have a butterfly ďcageĒ with five chrysalis in it already from a butterfly making kit. I believe them to be painted lady butterflies. I donít want this new caterpillar eating the existing ones if put in the same cage.

Any help is appreciated!

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killerwhat
May 13, 2010


Did you mean eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillar? The internet suggests Canadian Tiger or Eastern Tiger caterpillars look very similar.

Caterpillars only eat the plants that they like to eat, it won't mind the other chrysalises. I would put some leaves in for it just in case it's not quite ready to pupate yet. These pages suggest some foodplants that it might like - probably easiest to go back to where you found it to get some food it definitely likes. (Get a twig so you can put it in water inside the cage)
https://bugguide.net/node/view/491
https://bugguide.net/node/view/7367

Looks like if it gets stressed it can show spikes off its head?! That's really cool

Octolady
May 9, 2009

the elegant cephalopod



Can I resurrect this thread for a question? Iím just not sure where else it would go!

Iíve also found a caterpillar, nearly 100% sure itís a cabbage white baby and we found it in our (packaged) broccoli from the store.
It started pooping and behaving like it really wanted to climb so I stuck it in a temporary tall box (with plenty of air holes) and it climbed up and started weaving silk, so I figure heís trying to pupate.
Thing is heís been there like that totally still no change for about 2 days now and Iím just not sure when itís normal to start seeing physical change for a chrysalis? Iím worried about the lil guy...

Ed: nevermind shortly after I posted this he went through a very dramatic transformation and is now a proper chrysalis. Iím excited to accidentally raise a butterfly!

Octolady fucked around with this message at 11:03 on Sep 6, 2020

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