Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Caterpillar 911

Kitties, the caterpillars ate up all the parsley plant!     They were hanging on the very tips of the stems, eating the last few leaves when Mom saw them.    They are so voracious.    Mom had to rush to the store to get them a "replacement" diet of store -bought flat parsley.    They look like they are getting reasonably close to the size for forming a chrysalis, so Dad has set them up in a large tub with a cover and sticks they can use when they want to make a chrysalis.    The store-bought parsley has been "planted" in a pot in the tub in some water and will be replenished as needed.    There are still 8 of them.   They are getting pretty big and chubby.   Remember, they may look a bit icky (not many people like caterpillars) but these will be lovely Black Swallowtail butterflies.  


In this picture you can see all the bare parsley stems.  Click to biggify.  You can see their green poopies on the deck flooring.   


18 comments:

  1. Our mom still thinks they look creepy (except she does like green, it's one of her two favourite colours). But it's very cool they will emerge as gorgeous butterflies! And very cool your humans are taking such good care of them, providing them with food and a place to do their caterpillar thing!

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  2. Those are some hungry caterpillars. They ate all those leaves. Yikes. Glad you got them some more. This is fun following the cycle of the caterpillar. Great pictures.

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  3. ha ha ha! Mommy laughed at 'pillar poop...she is srsly strange.

    We are so interested in what's going to happen next, this is fun!

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  4. Even my human thinks those caterpillars are pretty!

    Well, I still think they look pretty... tasty.

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  5. Those are sure hungry little buggers!

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  6. I like caterpillars :-) I think it is very nice that you are going to so much trouble to give them a good environment to become beautiful butterflies!

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  7. The caterpillars are eating so much we wonder if they will smell like parsley when they become butterflies! We're glad your mom got them more foods since it seems to be going right through them! Get it? MOL!

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  8. You mom is so good to help them along!

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  9. We think this is so cool that you are helping these guys along. We can't wait to see them as butterflies!
    purrs
    >^,,^<
    ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

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  10. Wow! This has truly been amazing to watch. Thank you fur sharing with efurrybody. We can't wait to see what happens next!

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  11. This is so exciting! (I had to catch up on the whole story.) Your mom and dad are so nice to take care of these guys--butterflies are very important to all of us.

    (I miss not having things to take care of here.)

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  12. Whoa, they sure are hungry! That is crazy how fast the nibbled up that plant.

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  13. Wow, we never knew catepillars ate so much!

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  14. OH ! Yakkkk !!!
    Why don't they cover their own poop, That's so sick !!!! EEK ! Bad Bad caterpillars !!!

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  15. Well, the Human thinks that those...things...are creatures only a mother could love, but, if you say they're cool, we'll try to understand, MOL!

    With all that parsley, no wonder they're green! They sure ate a LOT!

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  16. Audrey's first Mom4:10 PM, August 31, 2011

    We can't wait to come see the chrysalises (sp?)!! (and Audrey and Simba, too!)

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