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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1020 on: June 04, 2019, 09:06:49 PM »
This is the time of year the monarch butterflies migrate back from wintering in Mexico.  The have reached my area and heading on north.  The next generation of monarch eggs have been laid and of course I have found a few eggs that I am raising, 10 at this time.  I thought i would start a little project of taking a picture each day while it is a caterpillar.



in this photo the bottom right is an egg about to hatch on the milkweed,  going left bottom is the caterpillar as it just ate the shell and has hatched.  Top left is day 2 and the top right is day 3.



This is day 4,   growing and the dark black head is now changing  (note you will see the dark spots well that is the caterpillar frass, caterpillar poop).   Will follow up with more photos of them growing

Day 5 with some items to help show the size. Little horns are showing.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1021 on: June 04, 2019, 10:37:43 PM »
Enjoying your tutoring us on this special science area.  Thank you, Deb!    :nod2
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1022 on: June 05, 2019, 10:26:07 PM »
I had another project that started in the fall and then the end result would happen in June.  I had no idea how this would work but I wanted to give it a try because I was curious.  I had seen a couple of these caterpillars, American Dagger.  They are yellow with lots of hair with black setae (hair that looks like a bristle)  coming out of their back.  I read that they would make their cocoon using their hair and overwinter then emerge later the next year.  I kept them in the garage over the winter so it would be cold but still safe.  Then the first of May which i though would be warm enough i sat it outside and then watched.  I had no timeline to go on, so I just kept checking on it.  After a few warm days in a row I went and checked and wow to my surprise i saw in there was a moth on the inside of the jar,  I could still see the cocoon but it was empty.




The American Dagger Moth,  look at that great camouflage





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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1023 on: June 06, 2019, 09:16:47 AM »
Thank you deb, love the education!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1024 on: June 06, 2019, 05:44:55 PM »
Day 6,  the antenna have grown

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1025 on: June 06, 2019, 06:06:50 PM »
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1026 on: June 07, 2019, 09:10:35 PM »
Day 7 for the little caterpillar.  Why does it look like it has antenna at both ends??  do you know which is the head?


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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1027 on: June 09, 2019, 10:00:29 AM »
Day 8,  not much change physically but just filling out a bit more,  caterpillars molt their skin as they grow,  each stage is called on instar.  They go through 5 instars before they  form their chrysalis

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1028 on: June 09, 2019, 07:54:03 PM »
TY.  The penny helps to understand size..so tiny!
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1029 on: June 09, 2019, 10:53:00 PM »
Day 9,  today you can really see some difference in the growth, am sure it just completed a molt.  You can see the longer antenna.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1030 on: June 10, 2019, 06:53:22 PM »
Day 10,  now it is becoming the hungry hungry caterpillar

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1031 on: June 11, 2019, 08:14:54 PM »
Day 11,  seems the antenna are a bit droopy so I think it is about to molt.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1032 on: June 11, 2019, 09:39:27 PM »
There is something pretty special during the month of June that occurs in the night sky.  The planet Jupiter is closer to earth at this time. With binoculars or a telephoto lens you can see the four moons of Jupiter, they are called the Galilean satellites. Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.   Jupiter has many moons but these four are the largest.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1033 on: June 11, 2019, 11:57:27 PM »
Thank you for showing this to us, Gmadeb3.     :nod2
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1034 on: June 12, 2019, 06:41:53 PM »
Day 12 of the monarch caterpillar and its journey to become a monarch butterfly.

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