|Tiny creamy white eggs on the back of this milkweed leaf|
|Note the tiny holes in the central leaf to the left, |
where tiny caterpillars ate them.
|Here the leaves are held back|
so you can see the tiny caterpillars
|Here the image is enlarged to give a closeup view - you can see the dark droppings scattered on the leaves|
|The image enlarged even more - the caterpillars won't change in looks, just shedding skin and growing until they form|
a crysalis and then become a butterfly. I love the tiny yellow, white and black stripes! These are about 1/8" long.
|Our present set-up for raising Monarch caterpillars.|
Later we will probably use a styrofoam cup to hold the plants
so there is more room at the top for foliage when the caterpillars are
bigger and require more food.
June 5, 2012 It's just under a week now and look how much our caterpillars have grown!
|Our caterpillars have definitely grown!|
|The caterpillars are eating and growing. You can see several different sizes here|
|Notice the beautiful gold dot markings|
June 23, 2012 - This morning I awoke to four butterflies in our jar. Normally we see them turn dark first and you can actually see the veins on the wings through the clear case they are in, but we were gone for the day and missed the splitting of the case and the newly hatched butterfly with its fluid filled body and tiny crumpled wings. It takes some minutes for the butterfly to pump the fluid out through its wings and then awhile longer for it to dry. They will crawl onto your finger at this stage and we often hold them gently for a bit before placing them on a flower or until they take their first flight. Ruthie chose a flower in her garden to place "her" butterfly on and John chose the apple tree.
What a miracle of transformation these beautiful creatures are! Truly amazing! Cause for praise to our Awesome Creator!