unfortunately due to the extreme weather conditions i have had a number of baby fatalities :( the caterpillars are now in a vivarium with a mesh top thats is very well ventilated and spacious vivarium. Also it is in a much cooler part of the house so i am hoping this will all help. I have more larvae on their way to make up numbers.
All i really need to two butterflies who will mate and then hopefully this will start a breeding program. fingers crossed!
in the viv the nettles are put into a jar then cotton balls are wedged into the top to stop any wanderers falling in (i also wrapped it in clingfilm to be safe). i have artificial twistable vines that i have hung around the nettles and on the floor so any one who fell off can climb back on. all the background plants are decoration and fake. they have LOVED exploring them but of course not eating them!
today at strong roots allotment n_n
my babies are quickly growing up! they are now at least 3x the size they were when they arrived
cleaning it is a very slow and difficult task. i balance the dirty tank above the clean tank and try to brush off all the caterpillars with a paintbrush so not to damage them. plus their very messy! they spin silk and leave piles frass (poop)
as the holes in the top of the tank are big enough for them to crawl out of i have draped muslin under the lid then closed it on top of it
i love all my baby peds ~~~~~n_n
Sandringham pet graves part 2
Sandringham pet graves part 1
Sandringham lake. So lovely
Budda, Chinese dragon and Father time statues at Sandringham plus the Building itself