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Black swallowtail chyrsalis how do I know if it is in hibernation 
Hi, I have a black swallowtail caterpillar that is going into the chrysalis stage today. How do I know if it will hibernate overwinter, or will decide …

Feeding Butterflies 
I have two Flutterby Butterfly feeders, which I've had several years. The bottom is clear,the top is Yellow with many holes drilled into it. Also on the …

Looking for Monarch eggs 
Hello! I teach kindergarten and would like to raise Monarch butterflies. I have been looking in the milkweed for the eggs but am not exactly sure what …

Milkweed Plants 
My 3 milkweeds have Monarch eggs on them & I've noticed the past couple days the leaves are turning yellow & falling off. Not sure what caused it, I gave …

Advice needed please reply 
I asked a question last week I hope I can get some help as things have changed a little since then. About ten days ago I saw a Red Admiral butterfly …

Painted Lady Butterfly 
I purchased 5 painted lady butterflies for my daughters new butterfly house that she got for her b-day. Unfortunately we went on vacation before they arrived. …

Forming a J on the ground 
We have a "caterpillar castle" that we have raised monarch butterflies in for the last few years. In previous years, all the caterpillars made their J's …

Raising & moving black swallowtail chrysalis... 
We were visiting family in North Carolina near the coast and found some tiny black swallowtail caterpillars and "adopted" them. We made a home in a plastic …

How long can you overwinter a chrysalis? 
My daughter found a caterpillar in late November/early December. We put it in her "butterfly tent" indoors with some food. It thrived and formed a chrysalis, …

No eggs so far this year 
We live is a western suburb of Chicago and have been raising Monarchs for about 5 years. We haven't seen a single monarch yet this year and despite having …

Ants eating eggs and cats... 
I have alot of milkweed for my butterflies and raise Monarchs and Swallowtails. I never use insecticide and 'hand pick' the pests off like red/black beetles …

Can I raise monarchs in the State of Washington? 
I didn't see a map of natural habitats but may have missed it. Do monarchs live in the Pacific Northwest? We will be living there for about a year soon. …

Monarchs Bred in Captivity 
Recently had monarchs released that were bred in captivity for a butterfly exhibit. Do such monarchs migrate? If they came from Florida and were released …

two tailed swallowtail butterfly 
My husband just came home from a walk with a very beautiful but injured two tailed swallowtail butterfly. It can't fly, it's wings looked crumpled as they …

Frangipani and the monarch butterfly 
The last two days a monarch butterfly has been laying eggs on the frangipani tree. I have never seen that before. I have also noticed two small caterpillars …

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar with one osmeterium hanging out 
I am fairly new at raising butterflies, last year I successfully raised 35 giant swallowtails. My first GS caterpillar seemed fine until today, I noticed …

Milkweed in vase is wilting 
When you raise the caterpillars, indoors, do you put some water in the vase for the milkweed stem that they feed on and how often do you replace the stem? …

Milkweed 
Is this plant poison to animals? Karen says: The milkweed can make birds sick if they eat a monarch caterpillar which eats the milkweed....although …

Butterfly found, not harmed but won't fly 
My daughter found a butterfly. It will not fly, although the wings look fine. It stays on her hand but when she tries to attach it to a leaf or branch …

Part of Caterpillar sticking out (Part TWO) 
My two sons and I are raising our first Monarch Butterflies from Larvae. Wednesday night we noticed the first chrysalis. It's now Saturday and the chrysalis …

Monarch Butterfly with OE 
Can I use the perfect wings of a butterfly infected with OE to repair a missing wing of a healthy Monarch? Karen says: No I wouldn't do that because …

Part of Caterpillar sticking out 
My two sons and I are raising our first Monarch Butterflies from Larvae. Wednesday night we noticed the first chrysalis. It's now Saturday and the chrysalis …

Chrysalis split open... 
I have some painted lady chrysalis's, but one of them seems to have split at the top a few days after it turned into a chrysalis. But instead of a butterfly, …

Possible Wasp Infestation in Swallowtails 
I asked this question before, but perhaps you did not get it. I have chrysalis from late fall (swallowtails). I noticed tiny wasp like bugs dead in the …

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Left it too long! 
What would happen if soon after emerging a butterfly was not let out of a jar it was raised in it would probably-.....? Karen says: It takes a while …

Ant Problem 
I have a terrible problem with ants eating the baby Monarchs shortly after they hatch on the Milkweed leaves. Is there anything I can put on the ground …

Pruning milkweed in California 
My question - I live in San Jose, California. I have milkweed in my school garden. What time of year do I need to prune it? Karen says: It depends …

When do Black Swallowtail Chrysalis Hatch in Spring 
I have two Black Swallowtail pupae overwintering in the refrigerator since the fall. I have been spritzing them twice a week and now that March is here, …

Newly emerged butterfly 
My butterfly emerged yesterday but did not fly away. I was worried last night so I put it in a covered jar with some sugar water in a lid and a piece …

Oahu butterfly that can't fly. 
Is there anyone on Oahu, Hawaii that can care for a butterfly that can't fly. Its wing didn't fully unfold. Please let me know.

Larval Plant Food - lists 
So often the lists of larval plant foods for specific butterflies is the genus only, for example Willows (Salix spp)or Apples (Malus spp). A genus list …

Looking for catepillars and crown flowers on Oahu 
Aloha, I live on Oahu and am looking for caterpillars and crown flowers, so I can teach my niece the life cycle of a butterfly. It's just a simple …

Too cold for monarch? 
I'm hoping you can help. I live in Ontario, Canada. We found a caterpillar on September 17th and brought him in with milkweed... he was born just yesterday. …

Black SwallowTail Butterfly emerged early 
My butterfly emerged early. Is it too cold to let it out? I just feel horrible for making it stay indoors when it's meant to be free. Karen says: …

Is the monarch caterpillar dead? 
One of our monarchs started pupating and only got a third of the way. It's hanging there with most of the skin still on with a small portion of chrysalis …

Black Swallowtail Range 
I got all excited learning that Black Swallowtails love to use Rue for a host plant. However, I live in Spring Valley, an unincorporated area just east …

We need more info on swallowtail care 
I was hesitant to let my daughter bring home a caterpillar from a garden, because I know so many kids do and they die. We put it in a plastic box about …

WEATHER TOO COLD TO RELEASE MONARCHS? 
Monarch caterpillars brought home from northern Michigan in late Sept. Developed into chrysalis state just fine. One emerged on a day that was windy, …

Chrysallis refrigeration 
Any one refrigerated black swallowtail chrysalis over the winter? I know they winter over in this stage anyhow, but not sure where to keep them safe from …

Black Swallowtail chrysalises not hatching... 
I have 6 Black Swallowtail chrysalises that pupated in late June. It is now September and none of them have hatched. I was worried that they were dead …

My Monarch eggs are getting eaten up. 
I have a problem with something eating all my monarch eggs. We have tons of eggs and have successfully raised several generations inside but we have yet …

Is our black swallowtail caterpillar dead? 
Our black swallowtail caterpillar crawled to the top of it's container, attached itself to the top and has been hanging there for 2 days. Actually, this …

Not moving 
Less than 24 hours ago, I had picked up an Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on the side of the road. It was brown, and only its forelegs and head …

Migration South 
Do the monarch from Long Island New York fly to Florida or Mexico? DJ Karen says: I think that most of the monarchs on the East Coast migrate to …

Monarch caterpillar forming J fell off milkweed, what to do?  
What should we do if a Monarch caterpillar was in the process of forming a J and fell off a milkweed plant? Karen says: I am so sorry I have never …

Green discharge from swallowtail cats 
Two of my cats have been discharging fluid and eaten plant. cant tell which end its coming out of. both are appearing to be healthy otherwise. Is this …

Purchase Monarch Butterflies and Swallowtails 
I would like to purchase both the Monarch and the Swallow Tail butterflies to raise and release. Any help here would be helpful. I live in the suburbs …

Dying caterpillars and good chrysalis 
I had 6 caterpillars of various sizes. One is now a chrysalis, one went to the J, and started the chrysalis, but half way up stopped, and all of the others …

Plump Caterpillar seems to have shrunk down 
Hi, We brought home a swallowtail caterpillar, along with the plants he was eating (dill), and have placed him in a mesh type cage. We put a damp paper …

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Caterpillars hanging on cut leaves 
We have two monarch caterpillars that we have raised from eggs. We have been keeping them in a glass jar and adding fresh milkweed leaves daily. We also …

Breeding Monarchs 
If I were to keep a few female and male Monarchs, after they hatch, would they breed in captivity? Also, how soon after a Monarch hatches does it begin …

Raising Black Swallowtail butterflies? 
I found a Black Swallowtail Caterpillar in my garden today, feasting on some carrots. I now need to know how to raise them! By that I mean what type of …

No monarch eggs 
Why don't I have Monarch butterflies laying eggs on my milkweed? It's common milkweed, the invasive kind that grows in ditches. Karen says: I …

Where do black swallowtails migrate? 
The caterpillars from my black swallowtails have emerged and are ready to be released. My second graders will do this in the next couple of days. I would …

Monarchs in Central Florida in November and December? 
Will my Monarch's migrate away from Central Florida in November? It is usually quite warm in November and mildly cool in December here. I'm raising Monarchs …

Premature death of a Monarch caterpillar 
It seems that the only time a Monarch caterpillar dies while hanging and waiting to form its chrysalis is when I notice 2 or 3 small (size of a wooden …

Other Caterpillars on Milkweed 
photo by ram-man We keep an eye out for monarch caterpillars on the milkweed near our home. This year for the first time I see many fuzzy caterpillars …

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis Twitching 
I've never raised black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars before and yesterday two of the chrysalis were twitching like crazy. I thought for sure they …

Preventing milkweed cuttings from wilting 
I rear my butterflies inside and have to take cuttings of the host plant to put in the rearing cage. My milkweed wilts quickly (within an hour). Sometimes …

How long from caterpillar in J to chrysalis? 
This is my first year raising Monarch Butterflies. I would like to know how long it takes the caterpillar to Chrysalis after it attaches itself into a …

Two Black Swallowtail Butterflies 
We had one black swallowtail chrysalis in a glass jar with a mesh top. There had been two caterpillars in the jar but one disappeared and the other formed …

Deformed Wing on Swallowtail Butterfly 
I have this butterfly that hatched from the chrysalis and his wing is deformed. Should I still release him this way or should I keep him and feed it sugar …

What size are Swallowtail caterpillars when they're ready to form the chrysalis? 
These are my first Swallowtail caterpillars (last year we had Monarchs) and I don't know how big they will get before they form the chrysalis. There are …

Taking Care of Milkweed when Raising Monarchs. 
I'm attempting to raise monarch butterflies. I picked milkweed leaves (7/8/2010), I tried the method of standing them up in a little water to keep the …

Fallen swallowtail chrysalis 
I have recently found a swallowtail caterpillar while at work. I work at a daycare so I was able to put it into a clear plastic bug catcher until I got …

Indoor/outdoor Caterpillar Raising in Summer 
Hello, All summer I have been "saving" caterpillars found on our parsley and dill from the various predators that seem to be eating them up. I have them …

Take care of a spicebush or black swallowtail butterfly wounded wings 
I am not sure which one it is black or spicebush but he/she was born on my window cell inside. I was drying rosemary and notice the lime green pod so I …

Mother's Day Surprise 
I received a spice garden for Mother's Day and now I have two beautiful black swallowtail caterpillars on it. I need to know what to do. It is outside …

Monarch Caterpillar Care in Florida 
I purchased a butterfly weed plant and now have 23 caterpillars which I put into a large plastic container, netting on top for air and a few leaves for …

When shall I put my wintering chrysalis outside? 
I watched a caterpillar last summer as it went through the stages from small to large, then, it made it's chrysalis. When it began getting cold, I brought …

Monarchs in Salt Lake City Utah 
I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. I see common milkweed in many places growing wild but rarely find Monarch caterpillars on them. Is our climate too cold …

Where have all my caterpillars gone? 
This morning we had up to 20 caterpillars of various sizes, esp 2 big ones almost ready to pupate, but when we came home this afternoon we could only find …

Chrysalis found on the Ground
Down and Doomed?
 
We Central Californians have had very rainy and windy weather recently and I just found a crysalis on the ground between two paving stones near the milkweed …

New Butterflies Unsteady 
Hi, We are having an unusually cold Winter here in Central Florida, so we took in a few Monarchs: a newly emerged butterfly, a chrysalis from which a …

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Rasing butterflies indoors 
Reading the website, it sounds as though it may be possible for me to raise Monarchs indoors during the winter?....it's Dec. already but would it …

Painted Lady Butterfly 
Is it true that Painted Lady butterflies can be raised inside my home during the winter months? Is this humane? And if the answer is yes to each …

Monarch Cold Weather 
The weather has turned cold - should snow tomorrow. I have many chrysalis and 1 monarch hatched outside and is hanging on to chrysalis. If I bring it …

Butterfly with broken wing
How often to feed
 
How often do butterflies need to eat? I am feeding it some sugar water. It has a broken wing and I have it inside. Thanks Karen says: Cathy, …

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis
Baby it's cold outside
 
I still have some chrysalis in my backyard. It will be 39 degrees F tonight. Is that to cold for them? Thank you Karen says: Cathy, my guess is …

Tropical milkweed number of simutaneous cuttings per stem 
Tropical Milkweed, one growing stem, 18 - 24" long : Can it be used as three rootable 6 - 8" cuttings? (either all cut within minutes, or spaced over …

Need help finding milkweed host plant 
I think I need a milkweed that is a kind called Dregea volubilis. It is from Asia. Can you help me find seeds? Karen says: I am not familiar …

Lantana Butterfly? 
Discovered a "different" butterfly today. Its wings are not very large, black with white dots. Body is a vivid blue with the lower third a bright red. …

A Monarch that won't fly? 
We found our first Chrysalis and things were transforming well. Then after allowing the butterfly to dry her wings attempted to put her outside that …

Monarch Release Question 
I have a question,okay maybe more than one. How specifically do you go about releasing Monarch butterflies. How long do you wait after they emerge? …

Butterfly Can't Fly 
I have a Butterfly that can't fly. Something is wrong with one of it's wings. I found it in my garden outside. What can I feed it? will it drink the …

How to Overwinter Black Swallowtail Chrysalis 
Hello Glorious-Butterflies!! I was hoping you wouldn't mind if I asked your assistance regarding overwintering the black swallowtail. I actually …

LOOKING FOR THE NAME OF A SWALLOWTAIL 
I am trying to find out the name of a swallowtail. I have only seen it one time in my life. And in pictures. But I would like to know the name of it. Can …

Swallowtail Caterpillar Host Plant 
Just thought I'd pass this tidbit along. I live in Minnesota. Two days ago while watering my gardens I saw a Black Swallowtail caterpillar on my Snow-on-the-Mountain …

Monarch Chrysalis 
Do the caterpillars ever pupate right on the milkweed plants or do I need to get them to an enclosed container with a twig as soon as they reach a certain …

What to do with Black Swallowtail Caterpillar? 
Hi, I was successful in attracting the black swallowtail to the parsley I planted this summer. I had about 8 cats total but each day one would be missing …

Black Swallowtail Questions 
I noticed a few small BS cats yesterday on my planter containing dill & parsley, that is set on a retaining wall in full sun, about a foot away from any …

Gulf Fritillary (Passion butterfly) passed away 
Hello, I have been waiting for about 10 days for the passion butterfly to emerge from it's chrysalis on my porch. There were 2 of them and one already …

Stuck to the side... 
We found a western tiger swallowtail caterpillar "hiking" across our lawn yesterday, and brought it inside. It had already turned a deep shade of brown, …

Where are the Monarchs in Southern California? 
I planted milkweed 2 years ago and last spring/summer we had oodles of Monarchs visiting our garden and hundreds of caterpillars munching away on the milkweed …

Extra large looking butterfly 
I just found a extra large looking butterfly it fell out of the tree and never have I seen anything like this. It looks thick and so big and it won't fly …

Need plant Identified? 
Hi! I don't remember planting this, but it looks like something that could be a butterfly attractant? I have nothing else like it in my yard, though. …

Monarch Chrysalis Fell 
We are observing Monarch Butterflies. Our first chrysalis formed over the weekend. During our observation one of our students bumped the container and …

Milkweed Seeds in the UK 
Hello - we are interested in helping the butterflies by planting Milkweed Seeds. We are in the United Kingdom, so can you advise on types of seeds and …

Lifespan of Swallowtail? 
How long does a newly hatched black swallowtail butterfly live? It is a bit chilly at night to release it and I may have to keep it inside for a week …

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Swallow tail wings crimpled 
My swallow tail has emerged, but its wings are still crumpled. Is there anything I can do to help open its wings. Otherwise I would not release it. …

Are all the seeds annual plants? 
Hi there... My daughter started preschool this year and learned about the butterfly life cycle and is now IN LOVE with butterflies. I thought making …

Injured Mourning Cloak 
I have a hatched Mourning Cloak that got injured when I placed it outside. It flew off fine, but about an hour later my wife noticed it was laying on the …

Lowest Outside Temperature for Butterflies 
I have two Swallowtail butterflies that hatched in my greenhouse this spring. What is the lowest outside temperature that I can release the butterflies …

Making food for Black Swallowtail butterly 
Our Black Swallowtail emerged (yesterday/today) after being in it's chrysalis since August and we need to feed it something. It is March in Winnipeg and …

Ant Problem 
I have a terrible problem with ants eating the baby Monarchs shortly after they hatch on the Milkweed leaves. Is there anything I can put on the ground …

What do Butterflies Eat? 
What does a black swallowtail butterfly eat? we are raising them in our 2nd grade class and we would like to know what to feed it. Karen says: All …

January Monarchs 
I live in So. California, not that far the ocean. I have 6 monarchs that are in the caterpillar stage. I am AMAZED as we have had more than 10 inches …

Rest period? 
I live in Hawaii and the caterpillars love the crown flower plants I have in my yard. My question is, is there a rest period when the butterflies fly …

Can my crysalis survive 30 degree weather? 
I live in New Orleans, LA and in late Oct found my yard covered in Monarch Chrysalis....which is lovely but it's going to be 30 degrees tonight. Will …

Found butterfly is eating 
I thawed some watermelon juice and the monarch is eating. Put the juice in a crumpled paper towel on a dish. I purchased a mesh laundry hamper that hangs …

Found Butterfly  
I found a monarch in the grass on my way to barn this AM. I got it on a leaf with a stick under its legs and put in the barn. It's really cold here now. …

Monarch Butterfly Eggs 
I have a large amount of milkweed and have seen female Monarchs laying hundreds of monarch butterfly eggs on it, but I am not seeing any caterpillars coming …

Mid October Black Swallowtail Emergence 
I thought this butterfly was going to wait until spring to come out but has emerged today (mid-October near Chicago). I don't know what to do. There …

Eastern black swallowtail 
I had 4 cats that I left for my neighbor to babysit while I was on vacation. While I was gone, 2 butterflies emerged. It is now very cool in Oct in upstate …

Monarch fell after emerging and I wasn't home to help him. 
I have a monarch that fell after he emerged and I wasn't home. When I found him he was lying on his "back" on he bottom of the cage. I quickly picked him …

Safest place for overwintering chrysalis 
I have a terrarium with 20 black swallowtail chrysalises and 1 cat that is getting ready to become the chrysalis. What predators can harm the chrysalis …

Black swallowtail  
I just had a black swallowtail butterfly hatch. I-m afraid that when it tries to fly it will be messed up because it may have to drop a little and that …

Hibernating Black Swallowtail 
Will a black swallowtail hibernate even if it is kept in the warm indoors? We have one in a jar, which appears to be beginning to pupate. We are wondering …

What will emerge from this Chrysalis? 
What butterfly or moth is in Chrysalis right now in Florida? The chrysalis is about 2 inches long and has invaded my neighbor's hawthorn bushes and the …

Is there time? 
We have 2 black swallowtail caterpillars who have gone into their chrysalis' yesterday and today. It's Sept. 23rd and we live in central PA ... not sure …

Is my Monarch dead? 
We found a field of milkweed on our old vegetable garden and upon some research discovered a world of caterpillars - soon to be monarch's. We captured …

Unfinished Cycle???? 
I have a chrysalis that has turned brown on the top. It has been in the box along with the second one that has successfully hatched...The brown one has …

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis Not Hatching 
I had 2 black swallowtail cats. They pupated about 5 days apart, one was greener than the other, the greener one emerged and was set free, the other is …

Butterfly Question 
Hi I was wanting to know I just had a monarch butterfly hatch and I was wanting to find out when I should let it go, as of right now it is pouring rain. …

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September Caterpillars 
Hi, I've been reading all of the wonderful information here and am so excited! I have about 40 caterpillars feasting on my parsley as we speak. I have …

Is it too late? 
I live in Southern Michigan. I found a caterpillar and brought it inside with some milkweed to eat. As I started looking for more milkweed plants, I …

Black swallowtails wings won't open completely 
I have a black swallowtail that just emerged,but the wings aren't opening completely. Is there anything I can do to help? It has been three days since …

A butterfly who's wings aren't unfolding after two days. 
I have a newly hatched monarch butterfly. He has been hatched for 2 days now and his wings have still not unfolded fully. One is almost open fully and …

Black Swallowtails in the Southern States 
Hello! We were given 3 black swallowtail cats and have them in a plastic tub with a mesh plastic top. When we received them, they were already large with …

Black Swallowtails in the Southern States 
Hello! We were given 3 black swallowtail cats and have them in a plastic tub with a mesh plastic top. When we received them, they were already large with …

Caterpillar Just Laying There 
I found one small monarch caterpillar and brought it home on a leaf with the wet paper towels. It was about a quarter inch long or less and doubled in …

Raising a Monarch 
I found a monarch egg on a leaf about 11 days ago and it has hatched into a caterpillar. The caterpillar appears to be almost fully grown but yesterday …

Sleeping Larva 
Do larva sleep during the day and night? This is our first week of experiencing and watching the butterfly larvae eating on parsley in an enclosed area. …

Monarch Caterpillar Died 
I am a toddler teacher at a daycare in Michigan. I found 2 Monarch caterpillars while by the lakeside. I took them back with me and we watched as they …

Caterpiller looks like he has died 
Hello, I just started raising Monarchs this summer here in MN. I had 3 caterpillars crawl to the top of the container, two have already pupated. One …

Best place to keep cats? 
You said you like to keep your cats out in the open, but do you mean inside your house or outside? I am assuming indoors but not in a cage? I have …

Other plants as host plant for monarchs 
Hello, I'm wondering if the monarch larva can also eat leaves of other plants. I have no milkweed but have butterfly plants and in fact have found …

Wasps Eating Caterpillars 
How do I get rid of the wasps that are eating my caterpillars? Karen says: It is almost impossible to get rid of the wasps...although one person …

Raising Butterflies 
Hi I am a teacher and was wanting to purchase a butterfly kit. I went to the link provided and can't get through to that business to order. Do you have …

Where did the black swallowtails go? 
This is my first year butterfly gardening. I was really excited to see how easy it was to attract monarch butterflies, and see them develop in my own backyard. …

Black Swallowtail: emerging this year or next? 
I am confused about when to expect the BS cat in my garden to emerge from his chrysalis. He appears to be in the 3rd instar. Your site says ALL swallowtails …

Butterfly but No Caterpillars 
I have a very large butterfly garden shaped like a butterfly. We have several larval plants and several nectar plants. There are several kinds of butterflies …

How long will the seeds last? 
I purchased both Swamp and Tropical milkweed seeds. They have been in the fridge for about 6 weeks. I have been unable to complete a planting area. …

Swallowtail Caterpillar 
I have 3 rue plants in a tank with cardboard on the bottom that have fed 6 + caterpillars.. a couple keep falling off... I put them back on the plants, …

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis Pupated In May, When Will It Hatch? 
I'll be out of town for a few days; I'm just wondering how long it will take to mature and also if there is any special way to store it while I'm gone. …

Butterfly Migration Stop Animation 
Not quite a tip, but a video I would like to share of stop animation butterfly migration.here is the link.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fgq6TsUCUA&feature=digest …

Host plant 
I have a vine that is prominent in the Denver area. It grows in my yard and has had an abundance certain years of a caterpillar that resembles the black …

Monarch caterpillars not eating milk weed 
I bought milk weed from two different nurseries for my caterpillars. They were not eating the first plants I got, so I bought more which they have almost …

Butterfly House 
Hi Karen I am from Malaysia and I hope you can assist me. I have put my host plants (one is citrus lime and the other is curry leaves) in a netting …

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Will our Black Swallowtail emerge? 
My boys found a swallowtail caterpillar last fall and it has been in it's chrysalis all winter. I wasn't aware that you were supposed to keep it in a …

Butterfly house 
I purchased a butterfly house, but don't know how to use it. I would like instructions. Is the house used after the butterfly emerges as a safe place to …

Osmeterium Harmful to Touch? 
Hello, First let me compliment you on your site. You've got some great info. I have two questions for you. Regarding the osmeterium on the black swallowtail …

Orange dots in Giant Swallowtails 
It's about the two dots at the base of the tails, visible when the wings are spread. Sometimes they are orange but I have also seen them more yellow/brown. …

Milkweed harmful to birds and children? 
Somewhere on your site you mention most animals not liking the taste of milkweed (the toxins) - but that cardinals love it. Due to a neighbor's bird feeder …

Cold Weather 
I live in South Florida, We are having a chilly winter. I have 6 chrysalis, that don't look normal. Sometimes they are on the side of the house instead …

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Emerges in Winter 
We found a black swallowtail caterpillar in our garden last fall and put it in a jar to see if we could watch it go through it's change. It just "hatched" …

Indoor care for butterflies 
I have a swallowtail butterfly that has just hatched indoors in the wintertime. I can't release him now. What does he need to survive? Karen says: …

How warm should it be to release monarch butterflies? 
FYI, I was able to bring in the 9 monarch chrysalis that I found in my garden and so far 6 of them emerged, only one with a broken wing, even with the …

Monarch Chrysalis Cold Outside 
I have Monarch Chrysalis in my backyard. It will be 30 or below degrees F tonight should I try to bring them indoors? It is not the Black Swallowtail, …

Monarch eggs in November 
What will happen to the monarch eggs and cats that are on my milkweed plants now, in late November? Will they complete their cycle and have much chance …

Tigere Swallowtails
Males or Females?
 
I grow Bronze Fennel and have watched the Swallowtails lay eggs and the joy of watching feeding babies. Two questions: I thought the yellow Swallowtails …

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis
Unable to move!
 
My kids and I have had the extraordinary and quite-by-chance opportunity to experience a Black Swallowtail caterpillar eat and grow and enter the …

Milkweed Plant spacing in the garden? 
How close together do you plant milkweed plants? Do you group them, several plants in a grouping and how close together should each plant be grown? …

Book about Caterpillars 
I'm looking for the very best book I can get on identifying caterpillars in all their instars. Most books show only one instar. My main interest is …

When is the best time to start raising Monarchs? 
I live in Central Maryland and was thinking of starting to raise Monarchs. I have a daughter who will soon be an Elementary School teacher and I …

Moving the Chrysalis inside 
How can I move a Chrysalis from outside to inside the house. One of the caterpillars attached itself to my outside garbage can yesterday 6/26/09. I have …

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