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Old Jul 28, 2007, 6:30 PM   #1
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This thread is a continuation of Wrapping it up Part II:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...778684#p778684

Just when you are through taking pictures . . . .

The yard is now aflutter with new hatched Monarchs, and the remaining caterpillars are stripping the leaves off what remains of the milkweed foliage. More eggs are being laid, and the leaves can't grow fast enough to keep up with the demand.

These are new hatches mating. The male took the female to the ground, and after attaching, carried her up to a perch about 12 feet off the ground. He is the upper one.
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 6:31 PM   #2
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Breaking up is hard to do . . .
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 6:32 PM   #3
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but all good things must end.
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 7:28 PM   #4
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Another cool series! Thanks for posting them.
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Old Jul 28, 2007, 7:46 PM   #5
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Wow, you documented an entire lifecycle!

Very nice series.

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Old Jul 30, 2007, 10:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for looking and for the kind words.

My wife now has had to move some caterpillars to plants with more left to eat. One was reduced to eating seed pods! I'm through taking pictures of them, though (unless we find one emerging so I can fill in the gap in the series, but they are very good at hiding themselves - finding one exposed on the fence was a fortuitous fluke).


Edit: Finally got one emerging. See part IV for the emergence:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=80
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Old Jul 30, 2007, 4:41 PM   #7
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For Pentax Forum viewers: I just realized there is no picture ofthe caterpillar stage that follows the egg included in these three numbered parts. The following picture, posted earlier elsewhere as it was not taken with a Pentax, showshow the caterpillar notches the petiole of the leaf before it crawls ontoit so that it will drop down under its weight, and the caterpillar can hide behind it while it hangs upside down and eats the leaf from the end.
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We just saw one of these (the caterpillar) on a walk today and weren't sure what it would become. Cool!:-)
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Cool series and great biology lesson Penolta, thanks for sharing them!

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