Ok I really hope so! Hi Meme, it sounds like a potential wasp or bird issue if you found a piece of the caterpillar…they can sneak in/out pretty quickly. I’ve had great success raising Monarchs in San Diego. Usually when the cat is a instar 4-5 Extremely small, I cant tell if its a fly or ant. 2 Days ago, May 1, 2017…I finally had monarch caterpillars on my milkweed after waiting and hoping for 2 years. The holes are no bigger than 1/2 ” . Cornmeal treated with Malathion or Diazinon? A couple of decades ago, when one drove the coastal highway in autumn, you’d see hundreds upon hundreds of migrating monarchs. Looks like the size of the hole would be just right for a mouse. One of your commenters (Rob) said he pinches the milkweed back to encourage a lusher growth. What could be causing all of this. Hi Stephen, I’ve heard of this and new/unexpected issues is always a concern when using biological pest control (which is why I’m not a fan). Hi Chelsea, many times ‘scarred’ caterpillars turn out to be fine and the scar does not transfer to the butterfly…all you can do at this point is separate and monitor. Hopefully these parasitic wasps don’t decide to go after monarchs. Is the dwarf so different they won’t use it? Here’s some info about milkweed disease: I live in West Los Angeles and have many milkweed plants.Last year I had at least 50 caterpillars and released a couple dozen monarchs. I was shocked and didn’t take a picture of it. I decided to remove the cover and the next day they were all gone. Also, I think I read somewhere that they may need protein right now, and juice later in the season. Thanks so much for your help, They are pretty big so I hope that’s what they are doing.. How long will they sit there until they get in the J position and will they pupate even with the host plant in the same enclosure? Hi Pat, we use stem cuttings to raise our caterpillars, but if you don’t have an enclosure you could use jars and secure over the top with a coffee filter and rubber band for better air flow. There was no sign of disease on plant or cat. Hi Donna, monarch caterpillars don’t eat mint. If you want to learn more about how to safely raise and release monarchs, check out my raising resources page. I have never heard of snails eating monarch eggs, but I suppose it’s possible. Plant placement can reduce predator traffic. I read that they like to get far away from the host plant when they pupate. All your monarchs should be in great shape to join the migration. Swamp milkweed is a heavily used host and nectar plant. If you want a few more to survive you can always cover a couple plants with netting or raise a few indoors. I placed an electric rat trap on top of one of the cages, and caught 6 large roof rats & one mouse. (If you see an egg while you are in the process of turning the leaves over, you can save it. Hi Mary, if the plants seem ok after removing the borax from around them, I would leave them. I’m not sure what you’re spraying to keep them away, but spraying any toxins/chemicals/pesticides won’t be good for the caterpillars either. Ants gone and weed alive. . Lepidoptera eggs can fall prey to ants, mites, spiders and wasps and larval forms of other insects. So as I feared as soon as I put the mesh screens over the plants yesterday to protect them from whatever has been eating them, my cats left the plant and climbed to the top of the screen and haven’t moved or eaten since. Three small ones too, but the others were gone! Imagine my excitement when I discovered 5 monarch caterpillars! I’m in NE FL & our summer will last until mid November. How can I get rid of them without hurting the monarch eggs, caterpillars, and milkweed? Other research suggests that wasp predators may be sensitive to the chemical defenses of monarch larvae, aâ¦ While I can’t argue the show was entertaining, I’ve already heard this misinformation repeated from several of its young fans. Thanks. Hi Alison, I think we are going to be at those numbers or even more when they do the count this winter…let’s hope for good weather in Mexico, Dear Tony, do you happen to have a picture of the wasp egg carcass on a milkweed plant? So if it kills ants, maybe it will be okay for plants and milkweed. Was it killed by a spider. Is there any way to get them off the plate so the butterflies can eat in peace? I witnessed a wasp sucking the juices out of a caterpillar as it hung from it’s mouth. They also had a chrysalis at one point which completely vanished off of its hanging location on the outside of their house. Hi Pam, brushing off is a temporary solution but there are more effective short and long term strategies here: I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found this website. however, some of the leaves look weird, curling and a lot are turning yellow. I had ten butterflies emerge on the same day so I had the door open so they could fly out. I’m truly bewildered. I had this problem with my milkweed to. Hi Leona, manually is the only solution I know of…flicking them into a bucket of soapy water. good luck! The next day, all of the Monarch eggs were gone. The more I try to get rid of their webs with a large bristled brush, the more I feel that I am spreading them around the garden. I have been raising monarchs for 2 years. I have also kept him separate from all the other caterpillars I have just in case but if he forms a chrysalis can I put him with the others I have? that’s right Jennifer, but the monarchs on those plants would be protected. I had 3 caterpillars on one plant and 2 on the other. I’m also experiencing quite a few catapillars that don’t make it to the chrysalis, they hang straight with a string hanging and they look like life was sucked out of them. Also, I’ve learned from your site about the attractiveness of tulip poplars and black cherries to tiger swallowtails as host plants. The plants would need to be covered or in a place lizards couldn’t access (do you plant any milkweed in containers? ), or try raising a few indoors. For ants, I’ve had good luck with corn gluten meal. Monarchs aren’t the only insect that needs a helping hand. I’d hate to have to cut the plants down, but I also don’t want a female to waste her eggs on something that will kill the cats. Are they also in danger. About the width of one stripe. I cannot find any at all. Trying hard to understand. I would try posting in a facebook group: Are Painted Lady butterflies a natural enemy of Monarchs? Is that true? This is a huge evolutionary flaw. You can’t save them all, but even raising a few indoors can make a difference. You need to move the caterpillars to a temporary habitat and then rinse out their current one to make sure there are no wasps inside. After a newborn caterpillar hatches, its first meal will be the nutrition-laced egg shell. How To Harvest Milkweed Seeds: All of the Facts, None of the Fluff! You can’t save all monarchs, but you could always insure a few make it by raising indoors. Is that correct? I planted mint from the shelf at Home Depot, here in FL. If you raise monarch butterflies, there is a great lesson to be learned from this disturbing video: note: yellow jackets aren’t the only predatory wasp attacking monarchs. We get a lot of “mud wasps” and knock down their beginning nests as soon as we see them. Every spring, adult monarch butterflies head north from their winter respite in the southern forests of â¦ I moved a smaller one onto another plant where there was a larger cat sleeping thinking it was ready to pupate due to its size. We have blue birds feeding in the area, I feed them dried mealworms away from the plants. I started raising monarch this year, and I’m happy to have lots of caterpillars in my milkweeds! Thinking the Monarch may be a laying female, it concerned me seeing the Painted Lady giving chase. Also, I’m bring every egg and caterpillar into my screened in porch that I see. Monarch Lifespan: Adult monarchs have a lifespan of about 14 to 35 days. I installed a fly trap and it has helped but still is, once in a while impossible to control. Maybe they put out some foul substance when disturbed. outdoor liquid ant baits– these weatherproof baits by terro are stuck into the ground so they’ll stay in place during stormy weather. It was a caterpillar. Lisa. Now he is happily eating and the redness is gone but he still has the scaring. I had 2 chrysalis that had formed on top, but last night something actually bit through the screen in 3 places and ate the chrysalis and a cat. I was googling to see if anyone had this problem!! I had 12 cats between 4 potted plants of different milkweed species. And, they too will eat an egg on the leaf theyâre grazing. I took a photo of it, but see no way to share it here. HELP! The bottom is open to the ground but the mesh is very small. My home is quite clean and bug free. Hi Elizabeth, feisty monarch males often get into it with other butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and even birds. If you buy plants there, read on the label. I’m so sad (: (, So Sorry to hear this Cheryl. i know the balance that all should exist together… I’d rather have my honey bees and beautiful butterflies. I instructed a protective screen to put around my plant to protect the caterpillar outside. 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