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Painted Jezebel laying eggs on my mistletoe

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 03:01 PM

Painted Jezebel laying eggs on my mistletoe, and I think my young mistletoe is doomed.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 06:10 PM

Yes, good luck. The rue plant which hosted the hatchlings of common lime butterfly has not quite recovered from the ravage.
But it is a sight to observe its life cycle up close. My kid enjoyed it! Cannot say the same for the rue plant though... :hysterical:/>
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Posted 03 September 2014 - 11:26 PM

I have a of mistletoe . Dont mind having all your caterpillar .Where do u stay ?
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 10:04 AM

View Postdigitalgate, on 03 September 2014 - 11:26 PM, said:

I have a of mistletoe . Dont mind having all your caterpillar .Where do u stay ?


I will try to grow out the caterpillar until they become adult, unless they ate all the mistletoe and ran out of food, then I will probably have to contact you.
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Posted 04 September 2014 - 06:31 PM

It going to eat all the plant . Do u have at least 20 leave on your mistletoe?
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Posted 10 September 2014 - 10:15 AM

The little caterpillars has hatched. Can hardly see them, and they arrange themselves neatly next to each other. Nom nom nom.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0752_zpse113498e.jpg

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Posted 10 September 2014 - 11:07 AM

Thanks for the fantastic fotos. Feels like I am witnessing the life cycle up close & personal! :notworthy:/>
Keep the updates coming! :)/>
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 03:42 PM

3rd day after they hatched.
Getting bigger and hairy
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Posted 14 September 2014 - 09:48 AM

5th day after they hatched.
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Posted 14 September 2014 - 01:18 PM

Ooo oh... not enough leave.
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Posted 14 September 2014 - 09:54 PM

View Postdigitalgate, on 14 September 2014 - 01:18 PM, said:

Ooo oh... not enough leave.


I counted 22 big leaves, and 15 caterpillar. Will monitor closely in the next few days and weeks. If not enough, I will definitely PM you.
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Posted 14 September 2014 - 10:17 PM

Wont they get eaten by birds or something? Since theyre exposed?
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Posted 15 September 2014 - 09:31 AM

View Postglenn tan, on 14 September 2014 - 10:17 PM, said:

Wont they get eaten by birds or something? Since theyre exposed?


I read somewhere that painted jezebel caterpillar are not very tasty to birds due to their diet.
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Posted 15 September 2014 - 03:45 PM

One caterpillar can feed on 3 large leave .
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:29 AM

The previous batch of caterpillar got killed by ants. So when another butterfly laid eggs on the same plant, I took the caterpillar indoor. These caterpillar are ravenous, and eats nonstop. So much shit to clear daily.

After quite a few days, I think they are ready to pupae.

Picture taken on 18th Oct.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0052_zps192bfd93.jpg

Picture taken on 25th Oct.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 09:49 AM

Another painted jezebel looking for a spot to lay eggs.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 10:01 AM

Cool
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 10:04 AM

View Postdigitalgate, on 25 October 2014 - 10:01 AM, said:

Cool


If i discover more eggs and caterpillar, I will have to pass them to you. I have so little leaves left on my mistletoe. They eat 4 leaves a day.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 01:52 PM

Better luck this time! My only experience in having a pupa in captivity resulted in the butterfly having deformed wings. Not exactly sure what had happened though. That particular pupa dropped off the plant due to strong wind before I placed it in a container.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 03:31 PM

When they have deformed wing , it mean u have not constantly feed them. They have undergone a period of fasting too long to miss their growing time.
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