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Yes, Gatorade is a great food for adult butterflies in captivity. Many times it is too cool or rainy to release butterflies. Check it out here!
Butterfly eggs can look quite similar to extremely different, depending on the species. Some, like the Monarch and Queen, are identical. Some, like the Question Mark and Red Admiral differ by the number of ridges down the sides. Some are … Continue reading
Can you tell the difference between a male and female Monarch Butterfly? With adult butterflies, it’s the dots on the hindwings that gives a good positive answer. What about chrysalises? Yes, you CAN tell the difference with good eyes or … Continue reading
Did you know that there is a butterfly caterpillar that eats mistletoe leaves? It’s their only diet. Mistletoe is their host plant. The caterpillars look like the leaves of mistletoe. Do you see the caterpillar in the photo to the … Continue reading
Why are eggs laid near aphids, other plant pests, and caterpillars? Simple. Butterflies and moths are attracted to their host plants by scent. When an aphid or other plant pest (including caterpillars) eat or drink from the plant, they damage … Continue reading
Things go wonderfully well in our indoor rearing area and then disaster happens. Caterpillars die. Chrysalises pupate deformed. Adults don’t emerge or emerge crippled. It’s easy to want to give up. Hang in there! Remember, nature is against you. It … Continue reading
Can pets with tick medication and caterpillars co-exist in the same home? Yes, they can. These medications are actually pesticides/insecticides. They are safe for mammals but not for insects. The different active ingredients in different brands work by various methods. … Continue reading
In nature, butterflies have so many enemies, from egg through adult. Why? Math is the answer. Simple math. Check it out here.
It’s the time of year when common milkweed has nice big leaves. That means it is time to cut, disinfect, and freeze milkweed leaves for emergency times. Check it out by clicking on this sentence. Those of us in the … Continue reading