Janet Brien

Janet Brien

Posted on 08/12/2013


Photo taken on August 11, 2013


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caterpillar
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Tiger Moth
Janet Brien
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(STORY TIME!!!) Piggy 'Pillar!!

(STORY TIME!!!) Piggy 'Pillar!!
6 more pictures in notes above! :)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some pictures of some caterpillar eggs I discovered, and then I found some beautiful Tiger moths which appear to be the ones who laid the eggs. I decided to bring a 2-inch-long section of eggs home with me, leaving behind almost all of the eggs just in case they didn't hatch indoors. I put them in a plastic container with hole-pricked plastic wrap and waited. And waited. I worried if I had done a bad thing, but hoped they would be ok.

A week later, at 3 in the morning, I woke up in a panic! "OH NO!! WHAT IF MY LITTLE BUDDIES HATCHED AND DIED!!!" I turned on the light in the kitchen and after being blinded for a minute, I thought that I could hear music playing from inside the container. "WHAT THE???" I asked myself, and I looked into the container...

(Play this in the background while you read! :D Kool & The Gang: Celebration)
"There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you"...

Why, the place was CRAWLING with little fuzzy wuzzies!! They were everywhere! On the floor, on the sides and the plastic wrap ceiling too! ...and they had NO FOOD.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

I pulled on some clothes (can't go running out in the meadow in my skivvies after all!) and ran outside and into our smaller meadow to the Milkweed patch there, plucked a few leaves, and zoomed back. I pinched the leaves into smaller pieces and placed them into the container, coaxed a few towards the munchies...and as I sat gasping for breath, I watched my tiny charges. Because I am blessed with extremely good close-up vision, I was able to watch these 1/16" caterpillars as they noticed the milkweed and then...nibble nibble nibble, munch munch munch...HOORAY!!!! They were EATING!!!!!

Once I could see that they were making their way to the tasty goodness, I dribbled a few droplets of water inside, covered them back up and went back to bed.

The next morning I got up and took a peek Every single caterpillar--about 50 I'd say--had found its way onto the leaves! There were munched holes and little lines of eating all over! I was overjoyed.

That was nearly two weeks ago. The caterpillars are eating like little piggies and I bring them new leaves every day. They are probably about 1/4" in size now and as you can see, their latest hairstyle is extremely fancy and enviable! :D

I will be moving them into a larger container tomorrow because they're outgrowing the tiny plastic box I had for them! The OINKERS! :D

This project has been such fun for me. I've never raised caterpillars before and it's something I've wanted to try for years. I would like to thank Dean Morley and all of you who encouraged me to try raising these little guys. It's so exciting to see them getting bigger every day! I'll be posting updates with new developments as they occur! :)

Agnès, Jim Boynton, Don Sutherland, Mags:-) off for a while and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


17 comments - The latest ones
Jeanne
Jeanne
jolie macro
4 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Fascinating capture and story, Janet! A wonderful and surprising experience! My compliments!
4 years ago.
John Varley
John Varley
Another fab find and great Dof Janet lovely work as ever .
4 years ago.
Angela Parker
Angela Parker
Fabulous detail!!
4 years ago.
Steven Kelly
Steven Kelly
easy fav janet,fantastic macro
4 years ago.
Noel Perez
Noel Perez
great photographic capture
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Brilliant close-up!
4 years ago.
Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
Lol, you're crazy my friend:)) Good crazy...I love it...what a cool story to go with this cute macro!!;)
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Outstanding find.
4 years ago.
spacemouses
spacemouses
You're doing well. I've never managed...
4 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
These shots are exquisite. Unfortunately I can't read much of the story as my eyes can't deal with much print and they're troubling me a lot at present but scanning a little together with the photos tells that you've been keeping caterpillars. We kept them quite a bit as children. You could buy them somehow or other. I remember particularly keeping silkworms and trying rather unsuccessfully to unwind some silk from the yellow cocoons but of course, once the buff coloured moths hatched all the threads were broken. We fed the caterpillars on mulberry leaves.
4 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Wonderful "parenthood ! !!!

Thrive Babies... THRIVE !!!

I used to catch and keep fuzzy caterpillars as a child. Good memories.
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
LOVE the story! HUGE smile now! Thank-you for making my day a lot brighter! Please keep us updated as I want to hear about you finding hordes of flying critters in the kitchen next. LOL!
4 years ago.
j.towbin ©
j.towbin ©
Totally awesome images.
4 years ago.
Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly…
Fantastic images Janet of these little cuties, and thank you for the mention. I'm glad I've been of assistance, and if you need any more help, just drop me a line. :-) I've just re-read your story Janet, and I noticed that you said you'd put some droplets of water in the larval box. This should be avoided because mould can quickly form and kill the larvae. You've evidently been ok, but I just thought I'd let you know how I lost a lot of livestock when I started out. Have fun with them! :-)
4 years ago.
Agnès
Agnès
Waouhhh fantastique!!!
4 years ago.
Jofolo
Jofolo
Oh such great shots. He's such a cutie
4 years ago.