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I believe in treating nature well but if I believed in leaving things in nature I couldn't have a fish tank. :)
Yeah, I know. But he was a big feller and close to cocooning...just didn't feel right...Besides, my parents would have strongly objected to having him as a pet. I'm still trying to convince them to get 2 more loaches!!!! :crazy:
 

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Loaches (especially clown loaches) make great pets! I love the clown loach. The Caterpillar was awesome though.
 
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Loaches (especially clown loaches) make great pets! I love the clown loach. The Caterpillar was awesome though.
Nay, Kuhlis are the best!
But I'd love clown loaches if I had a big enough tank :rolleyes:
 

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That's the opposite of what I have lol. I gave almost all my monarch crysalis to my mom since she does daycare. Even after raising them for so many years I never botherto contain the monarchs. Usually they form their chrysalis on some screen or cloth I put over the tank. Then I hang that on my wall. When the butterflies decide to fly around the room that's when I toss them out the door or window. Glad my mom took a good dozen of them that I knew would all emerge within 48 hours of each other lol.

I love silk moths though. I am sure you noticed but the have crazy feet and stick stronger then Velcro <3.
 
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I love silk moths though. I am sure you noticed but the have crazy feet and stick stronger then Velcro <3.
That they do!!! They're so sticky! And he left us a "gift" on the kitchen table

I get monarchs here, too. Have some milkweed out front. Sadly, don't get a lot of 'pillars though. Only had one this year, and he was a fatty!

 

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Yeah with monarchs most of the newly hatched pillars get killed by the host plant. The sticky sap from the plant is usually the issue. Taking the eggs and just feeding them leaves that have been cut helps alot. Here are some of mine from this spring.
http://m.youtube.com/results?q=hungry%20monarch%20caterpillars#/watch?v=0-peUYbNsIw

Last year http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b313/Mikaila31/P1160777.jpg
 
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Yeah with monarchs most of the newly hatched pillars get killed by the host plant. The sticky sap from the plant is usually the issue. Taking the eggs and just feeding them leaves that have been cut helps alot. Here are some of mine from this spring.
http://m.youtube.com/results?q=hungry%20monarch%20caterpillars#/watch?v=0-peUYbNsIw

Last year http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b313/Mikaila31/P1160777.jpg
Sounds like a project to do next spring! :good: They lay little black pine cone like eggs, right?
In my 2nd grade class, we did a project were we got multiple monarch eggs that we raised to adulthood, then put stickers on their wings and released them. We got mail from Mexico saying that most arrived! It was really exciting. One of them was named Speedy :hey:
 
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