Wasps. The just eat the skin, btw. It’s irresponsible at best, and potentially harmful to our continuing monarch conservation efforts. I: Insecticide – Avoid the use of any pesticides. I’m so curious. I think I have solved my problem as to what was stripping my milkweed. Mine eat the thin skinned Persian cucumbers. I have seed pods from last year, still, and should have quite a few this autumn. If you are looking for native milkweed to feed hungary caterpillars and live near Wimberley, I have discovered milkweed where none was last year. Monarch caterpillars (11) just devoured our parsley plant. That’s right, folks.  The one on the right was reared on milkweed,” Ellen Reid wrote via email all the way from St. Arnaud, Victoria, Australia. I am cutting the branches and plant them in soil, hope to have more bush when spring comes. have no problems from the 3rd A bivouac of monarch butterflies, 2015. Protecting New Zealand from invasive biological threats. 5th year with this same experience with timing being consistently accurate. Some of the monarchs in my yard have moved from the milkweed to eating leaves on my Monterey Almond Tree. needed urgently. People report varying results and deformities using Pumpkin. They move fast too — they just pick a direction and start going very determinedly. My boys are hungry! But they have to be FRESH cucumbers! This plant has several names including Moth Plant, Cruel Plant, Kapok and Milkvine. to die. This is the first time I find a Monarch caterpillar in a plant other than a milkweed. So excited as we don’t have much milkweed around here anymore. Swan plant milk is poisoness and the caterpillars need the toxin to develop properly. Would finding alternatives affect the fact that they store the milkweed toxin as a defense mechanism from predators? Monarchs only eat milkweed. As far as I know Bt is not systemic; therefore, it would not be taken into the plant tissue. 🙂 🙂 This is from southwestern PA. Those are likely black eastern swallowtail if they’re on dill. on Moth Plant to see if it has any detrimental effect on their development. Technically you are not allowed to move any part of the plant, but if you are If I keep taking the milkweed from the yard, the outdoor caterpillars will run out. Well most people do a Internet search and find there is not any good single page on this topic. Monarch butterflies have made their way to Texas, but unfortunately not much milkweed greets them upon arrival. larvae Last year, we had a shortage of swam plant, Gomphocarpus physocarpus/ swan plant. larvae I just planted milkweed two months ago and am fascinated following this process. I get several dozen coming through feeding for several days before moving on. Took four larvae from my milkweeds to a monarch-certified botanical garden. A small excerpt from the article above: Monarch caterpillars will eat butternut squash and a few other raw vegetables. Is this normal? the undersides of leaves and stems. They’re gone. ”To the monarch science community: Stop blurring the lines between mass breeding and raising butterflies for release. Thank you! After several days ‘nary a one is lingering in the yard. Photo by Ellen Reid. The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust was initially formed to protect the Tauranga Bay overwintering site, but has now expanded to support the monarch butterfly population across New Zealand. I stopped bringing the outdoor caterpillars inside the net as we are getting too many and running out of milkweed. . larvae Thank you for your information. But because of a cold, wet winter their favourite snack is in short supply and it's up to Kiwis to get planting. Watch out for vomiting soon after introducing the Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata. The Monarch butterfly on the left was fed with pumpkin during its final instar. Systemic sprays can't be washed off easily and the plant needs a minimum The question everyone asks when their Swan Plant has only a few leaves left and no However watch that it is not sprayed by a landowner as The adult Monarch Butterfly eats through its tubular proboscis, so it can consume only liquids. Site designed by Robert Arter-Williamson with logos by 🦋🧐 pupa. I am out of milkweed myself, but have resorted to using both butternut squash and cucumbers (both without any of the shell in case it had any pesticide) and it’s working so far. Pumpkin fruit. If you are raising caterpillars indoors and your caterpillars have eaten all the leaves off the stems of a milkweed plant, spearing raw butternut squash chunks on milkweed stems produces less mold and mildew and keeps caterpillars out of their frass. (Cucurbita spp) This is a last resort food as it can only be fed to 5th instar larvae (this is about 1.75" or 40mm long). I wonder if they are swallowtails… I bought a milkweed plant and placed it next to the bare parsley and they are all on the milkweed plant now munching away. If you feed earlier … Is there a specific type of squash or cucumber that seem to be more appealing to the cats? You could peel the cucumber. This is a last resort food as it can only be fed to 5th If you plan in advance you will avert any famine for caterpillars. Some of the other vegetables that have successfully been fed to Monarch caterpillars in the last instar (last few days) are cucumber, zucchini, and pumpkin. from ovum on Tweedia to see if it has any detrimental effect on their development. THANKYOU soo, much my caterpillars r on the pumpkin,…, they have stripped all the swan plant leaves,….yesterday there were leaves, now none, the pumpkin peices r doing the trick. South Florida- I checked my dozen or so Monarch Caterpillar only to find that their source of food had only a few milkweed leaves left. I found lots of input. Hope they are OK. Will put red pepper around next time. So Monarch butterfly caterpillars appear to be more adaptable than we thought. Large butterfly, wingspan up to 100 mm Caterpillars feed on plants of the Asclepiadaceae family, usually Swan plant in New Zealand Alternative food plants are Tweedia and …    Many of us who raise butterflies at home, especially in a year like this, also seek alternatives, since local nurseries seem to be having a hard time getting milkweed and keeping it in stock. Any help would be welcome! They wouldn’t touch the cheap 99 cent ones. Jon Miller, Oklahoma City. If you feed them pumpkin you will more than likely find the caterpillars cannot make their chrysalis OR that the butterflies don’t emerge properly. onwards, this is about 0.75" or 18mm long. There is no milkweed to be had. The Monarch butterfly undergoes complete metamorphosis as it grows from an egg to an adult, the process being egg to caterpillar , caterpillar to chrysalis, and finally, the chrysalis becomes an adult butterfly. Dry powder can be stored. They are doing great. I wonder if milkweed leaves could be adapted to this recipie, and whether the resulting “cakes” could be stored. I have pumpkins and cucumbers in my garden; I’ll try that to see if they’ll eat it! I gave them some this morning and I’ll see if they like it. I was able to get a side-by-side comparison of the monarch and swallowtail caterpillars and you were right. Will the Monarch Migration Become Extinct? “All 52 of mine finished on cucumber, looked great and joined the wild,” he said, adding “UPDATE: must be fresh, crunchy cucumbers.…two-weeks-in-the-fridge cukes were rejected with enthusiasm….what an uproar!”. Photo courtesy Ellen Reid, Paul Addington tried feeding his Monarch caterpillars cucumbers. Thanks. but they will go for the flowers, buds and seed pods first as they don't initially like the are easily acquired in New Zealand are (The) Swan Plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus), Well, there is a partial alternative: pumpkin! Chop the leaves into fine bits. Ahhrrgg, now what? In north America it's main foodplants are Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) - which is banned in NZ, Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata and other members of the Milkweed family (Asclepias spp). In NZ the natural food species of the monarch ( Danaus plexippus) larvae is the Asclepiadiae family – milkweed which includes swan plant ( Gomphocarpus fruticosus) and giant swan plant ( G. physocarpus) as well as Asclepias species such as tropical milkweed/bloodflower ( A. curassavica ). I did some searching and did find some references: U people need to try Fennel. What a wonderful thing to do. successfully larvae Zealand like the Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and onwards, this is about 1" or 25mm long. The cats like the butternut squash and cucumbers. The best time to do this is in spring so the plant has a chance to grow to a reasonable size. They seem to love it. instar I settled on Monarch Butterfly Life because I could learn all I needed to know Plus get all the supplies I needed for my passion. I never found any cats so I know it was not them. My large caterpillars all seem to be leaving their plants, crawling through mulch and whatever else to go I don’t know where. The caterpillars quickly began to feed. If you feed earlier instars (larvae/caterpillars) they will not survive. Food and eggs The main food for Monarchs is the swan plant or milkweed (Asclepias fruiticosa). I even have a tiny 1st – 2nd instar that has been feeding on it. onto a vine. of 4 weeks to purge itself of these chemicals. the Milkweed family (Asclepias spp) are eaten. I released 178 Monarchs this year with over 90% survival rate thanks to Monarch Butterfly Life. So far the weather here is okay (low’s in the 50’s and high’s in the 80’s, but I hope they all hatch and fly away before the next cold front. Most enthusiasts have found most success with butternut squash as a substitute for milkweed leaves. You can raise the swan plant from seed or buy the plant from a garden centre. I have a few caterpillars probably in their final stage (i’m not sure how to tell) but fast running out of food. Should I leave pumpkin and cucumber about the yard, per some of the comments above? Several years ago when Jacqui told us about this. I found this site while looking for information on Monarch caterpillars eating other plants. Hi Carmen I very much doubt much will come of it. Keep an eye on it and let us know what happens. This is because it doesn't have the chemicals they need to Others did not form their chrysalis completely. when they nip the stem of the leaves as the wind will catch them and rip them off. butterfly Beware of any sprayed plant, however you obtain it. We’ve released 50 plus Monarch’s so far with many more to go. The frass, or butterfly poop, of pumpkin fed Monarch caterpillars reflects the food’s orange tint. The other three I guess I will just have to wait and see in two weeks or so when they emerge… 😀. This plant has large leaves, which poses problems for the Too late now, I have to release them all to my almost bold-headed milkweed bush, and let the nature take the pick. Photo courtesy Ellen Reid. Related posts:Â. All sprays will cause your I have pictures of them finishing it up. imago It’s obviously got to cold so I brought them in. We would notice many cats and then the next day they would be gone. Then, cut it into cubes, put a hole through the middle, and then put it onto the milkweed stems. Some schools are asking for donations of the plant which the Monarch butterflies eat. Well, my monarchs are a bit more adventuresome. In the process of sucking nectar out of flowers, it pollinates those flowers. When ready to feed, Mix powder with some water. pupation. Are you sure they were monarchs? Help! The voracious larvae can quickly strip the plants, leaving hungry caterpillars to starve. Gather mulberry leaves. Searching the web I encountered your .com in search of food alternatives. ?still stuck I sliced several pieces of squash and placed it nearby.  Several folks mentioned that by the time the caterpillars get to their fifth instar, or their final stage, before morphing into a chrysalis, they will eat pumpkin and cucumbers. Two nearly full grown monarch butterfly caterpillars munch on a swan plant. ovum Two summers ago Nelson couple Chrissie Ward and Tony Staufer raised 460 monarch … Reliable DPLEX correspondent Harlen Aschen wrote to the listserv that reaches hundreds of butterfly fans that on a 1000-mile trip from Port Lavaca, Texas, past San Antonio to near Abilene and back around Austin “we saw no blooming milkweed.”, Yet that hasn’t stopped a tenacious group of butterfly lovers from raising caterpillars and hatching butterflies on “alternative fuels.”. There are various people posting in the forum as to where to get good swan plants from – it all depends on where you are in NZ. I will continue to raise monarchs from wild eggs for release. We have released 30 plus butterflies over the month, currently have 24 crysalisis and too many caterpillars to count! I got my catapillars eating organic cucumbers. Hope they make it to Iowa as I will have a great milkweed crop. “Food of Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus [L.]) Larvae in New Zealand” by G. W. Ramsay We’ll do this the next time we have several 5th stars at once. I’ve now found two them hanging upside down on other plants ready to make a chrysalis so I think you’re right, that’s exactly what’s going on – thank you, and sorry for the panic!!! Some ate, but died in the same spot. 7/31/2019 I just found two monarch caterpillars eating my dill! Are they lost? I have also recorded Also I may have been saved from my first severe case of OE. I bought a 5 foot mesh net and put a milkweed plant in it for the cats I would move from the front of the house. I’m I Houston, running out milk weed too, I have 41 hatched in house since early September, I keep them inside cause of wasps in my yard, now have 86 cats, but my small bush in yard has no more leaves, I went to UT picked some branches home Friday, and this morning I found 15 cats dead after eating that branches, I think they spray something poisonous on their bush. I was so excited! Take a look at the caterpillar here: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/checkered_white.htm. NOT Monarchs. Good question—they just SEEM to know. Thanks for the tip. The easy way to identify the black swallowtail caterpillar is to touch it and see and smell the little orange “horns” pop out on their head. instar into a butterfly. I frantically called both Lowes and Home Depot, they had no milkweed in stock. If you want to read the actual research report it can be purchased for $10 or viewed at any local library with a subscription to PNAS.” I’m betting your caterpillar is not “eating” the mustard leaf, rather, it’s spinning the silk button to form its chrysalis. 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The plants can reproduce naturally, but more likely, gardeners plant them to attract butterflies. The recent news that the Monarch butterfly migration may soon become extinct because of a loss of milkweed habitat is driving the demand. Two garden centers I spoke to are expecting plants tomorrow but in the meanwhile there’s stems left. Recipie for silkmoths: – MM, Thank you so much for the tips! (this is about 1.75" or 40mm long). instar While smaller caterpillars can feed on pumpkin flesh, pumpkin doesn’t provide everything they need to properly develop. larvae Today I found a Monarch caterpillar eating a mustard leaf and starting to prepare the silk in said leaf. The sought-after plants are the main diet of monarch caterpillars, which build chryalises and, once they are butterflies, lay an average of 700 eggs each on the underside of the leaves. I’d be 99.9% certain, they are swallowtails, feeding on Parsley. I have raised 5 generations this year with the last emerging precisely when it is time to catch the ride south. no problems from the 2nd There are some other food sources available. Learn more Related science. Here she is feeding the monarch caterpillars with cucumber and pumpkin. fluffiness of the leaves. Does this mean any organic cucumber that has been thoroughly scrubbed would be safe for the cats? Within 2 days it was gone. So, if the monarch caterpillars only feed on milkweed, why are they doing very well on the parsley and other plants in my garden (I have only one milkweed plant and that has not been used by the monarchs)? feeding on some varieties of Hoya, but I have not discovered which ones yet or its suitability to raise I also have a number of them on the parsley and dill plants. We don’t really eat it anyway other then a few time in pasta I make. It seems every website indicates that the monarch caterpillar will only eat milkweed. Thank you for the Kale info! Those were Swallowtails, which eat dill, parsley and fennel. Another version with good pix, Your site is so informative and great to read. When milkweed blooms, its blooms are one of the favorite Monarch Butterfly food plants. Just a thought. after it emerges from the Hoya. Shape into little cakes. It will however feed on Moth Vine (Araujia hortorum (was Araujia sericifera)) and Tweedia (Tweedia caerulea). Photo by iNaturalist user @lauraelviauribelara. Found three caterpillars today on potted milkweeds. Large butterfly, wingspan up to 100 mm Caterpillars feed on plants of the Asclepiadaceae family, usually Swan plant in New Zealand Alternative food plants are Tweedia and Araujia There are organic cucumbers in my garden I could have used. The mixture can be … Part of themselves was outside the green lopsided chrysalis. I wish there were a way to get some to those of you who live in a milkweed ” desert “. Help us to protect the moths and butterflies of New Zealand. larvae Tropical Milkweed - Bloodflower (Asclepias curassavica). Monarch butterflies are insects, and we tend to forget about things like flea controls on pets or insect controls that plug in around the house. One morn went out and it was covered with monarch caterpillars. Large butterfly, wingspan up to 100 mm Caterpillars feed on plants of the Asclepiadaceae family, usually Swan plant in New Zealand Alternative food plants are Tweedia and Araujia Thank you for the info on the pumpkin and cucumber! I live in Minnesota and grow hundreds of milkweed plants of different kinds all through my 1/3 acre yard. How do they time it? They look similar but have different antenna. I do believe the are starting to adapt even when they don’t have to. I went back and forth between the laptop and the caterpillar and unless the eastern black swallowtail has develop the sets of alternating yellow, white, black, white and yellow strips what I have there is a Monarch. Milkweed is Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust. See this link:https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2013/04/05/how-to-raise-monarch-butterflies-at-home/ Good luck! “These were organic, but still felt like they were waxy, so [they were] heavily scrubbed first.” Addington said the caterpillars indeed preferred milkweed when given a choice. I have lots of milkweed in my front yard and I have rescued (from the many lizards here in Houston) around 80 plus caterpillars now into a milkweed plant covered by a 5 foot net I bought in which to house them. If you want to watch every stage, you’ll need to put them in a cage or container. May 26 at 12:34 pm. metamorphose Thank you. Beautiful butterflies. I just tried cucumber and they are at least giving it a try, but not devouring it like milkweed. I would be interested to know if the adults from 5th instar larvae fed on pumpkins and/or cucumbers have as many poisonous cardiac glycosides that deter predation as those who feed exclusively on milkweeds. Good luck! The moth plant contains the milky toxin so it is a good substitute for swan plant. pupa. A big plus is that this year I have more Monarch caterpillars in my yard than ever before. Any ideas? I Make no attempt to judge the merits of this finding. You give hope. Thanks. Copyright 2020 Texas Butterfly Ranch | All Rights Reserved | Website by, the Monarch butterfly migration may soon become extinct. Manchaca, Tx. So if you run out of milkweed and are looking for emergency food for a Monarch caterpillar, try feeding it a slice of butternut squash. Pumpkin is not the best, Baldy. I may be soon running out of milkweed. Of course the favourite is any one of the 'Swan Plants' or 'Milkweeds'. ovum Ideally wash or hose the plant first, including Sign up for email delivery, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, @monikam.  Photo by Monika Maeckle, No milkweed? There is evidence of larvae feeding on some varieties of Hoya, but I have not discovered which ones yet or its suitability to raise a successful brood on. It worked. taking strands to feed to your hungry Poof! I have some good, healthy milkweed plants and found my very first cat this morning after 3 years of growing them. 🙂. I planted some milkweed plants in my front yard a couple of years ago and the Monarch’s started showing up and laying eggs. Of course other members of A piece of research indicates that farming monarchs produces butterflies Forget how to fly south. The Monarch feeds on solid food in its caterpillar stage and, after it transforms into an adult, it feeds on liquid food. When they’re ready to make their chrysalis, they often leave the plant. However they Should I pick them up and bring them back to the milkweed? There are still plenty of leaves on the milkweeds, many multi-leaved stems, there doesn’t seem to be any competition for food. These are the type with kill the You can do a search on pumpkin on their website in the far upper right of the above webpage. I hope it was enough food. Do they then become unconfused, and remember how to migrate again? © 2011, Helping you identify, encourage & conserve NZ's Butterflies. Thanks again ! Photo courtesy Paul Addington, Like what you’re reading? I MHOP, global warming will screw up the timing as well as lack of habitat, pesticide, etc. Wash the leaves in cold water and remove any bugs, etc. I live in California near Pismo Beach and was so sad to find Monarch caterpillars on milkweed that was completely eaten up. So if u are in a pinch u can try that. They are still eating kale that I change regularly and butternut squash but I am trying to find some milkweed plants to grow in the house for them but the kale and squash seem to be working. I wish I had found it before I had to make emergency runs to the railroad tracks and prairie to feed our 44- 5th instars. Allow to dry. Join; Members. However there is only a few of these in New My experience with pumpkin is that it will feed the caterpillars but the butterflies will be deformed (as in small wings etc). I have many rabbits, I think they did it. It’s very helpful. Monarch caterpillars in the fifth instar will eat cucumbers. I feed my Cats on; Milkweed Vine However they have Good thing I have another one. I first learned about feeding pumpkin from Jacqui Knight of Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust. That is what I did to my pumpkin. Guess they know what’s good. I say ‘partial alternative’ because only the older, larger caterpillars can make use of it. “Food of Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus [L.]) Larvae in New Zealand” by G. W. Ramsay The most important thing to remember is that pumpkin and other alternative foods should only be fed to 5th instar Monarch caterpillars. It is   At my house, I planted Tropical milkweed seeds in February and have several pots growing, including two filled with seedlings only two inches tall. Common Problems for Monarch Caterpillars and Butterflies. Can we invent something similar for monarchs? a successful brood on. (The) Giant Swan Plant (Gomphocarpus physocarpus) and Tony Gomez says. I have never reared larvae from It worked.  “These cats are eating the skin of the cucumber,” relayed Addington. being laid on Tweedia, so it obviously passes the chemical suitability test. So the caterpillar that journeyed across my yard landed in the pot of penta squirming as if starving. So it was amazing to see them on it. known for its flowers trapping butterflies and Moths, hence the name of Cruel Plant or Vine. this will cause your Monarch caterpillars do not feed on tomato plants, despite what may seem like … The tropical milkweed comes in two colours -scarlet (which has a gold centre) and gold (all yellow). In the fifth instar, Monarch caterpillars will eat a variety of pumpkins. Where do you all get your monarch caterpillars? larvae The outdoor caterpillars ate everything at the front of the house. I had 15 but am down to 13 but that’s ok.  A harsh, dry winter preceded by drought and schizophrenic weather have left the sought-after perennial a no-show in many Texas gardens–and on roadsides and ranch land. I don’t know if it’s just the large ones, actually; the smaller ones are harder to see so I can’t keep track of them as well — but there are 5 that are in the 2″ range that are all wandering off in different directions. Hungry Monarch Caterpillars Seek “Alternative Fuels” in wake of Milkweed Shortage. I’ll going to try the pumpkin and cucumber on the larger one’s. http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Bio12Tuat03-t1-body-d5.html Such a certified garden may be an option for those without their own milkweed patch. This year I will hit the window releasing them precisely timed with when they migrate comes through on the highway south here in the northwest corner of Arkansas. You mentioned squash and cucumbers. Help!! Any info on this? Sorry, I’m totally new at this and don’t really know what to expect. They stopped eating the cucumber (I think because I got one with seeds), but still eating the butternut squash. Follow butterfly and native plant news at the Texas Butterfly Ranch. However they will happily eat the plant bare. Dr. Chip Taylor, founder of Monarch Watch, chimed in to the conversation, letting folks know that the alternatives have been known for a while. 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