The tale of the butterflies continues…

So to continue the saga, the Fritillary caterpillar we bought was living happily on the Passion flower plant that Shady Oak Butterfly Farm sent us with the growing kit. He was eating the leaves off the plant pretty fast, but it seemed like the plant we had would hold him as long as he became a chrysalis soon. Then the caterpillar eggs hatched over night, and boy can they eat. The first picture below is the plant when it was shipped to us. The one below is after one night of having the baby caterpillars eat it…

So, we had problems. The caterpillars ate the entire plant down to the stalk. They were going to starve now. So I rushed off an email to Shady Oak, asking them if there is an alternative food for them, because I doubted I’d be able to find a Passion flower plant here in the Northeast. To be continued…

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