Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Found the caterpillar ruining my 'curry plant' so I brought him indoors to control the feeding.
I put him in Kayla's cute little dollar store bug hotel, and fed him selected prunings from my curry plant.
He ate and pooped, ate and pooped, and after about three days he climbed the net side of the bug hotel, attached, and made the J shape characteristic of a caterpillar planning to pupate into a chrysalis covered pupa. (I looked that up in my Peterson First Guides - Caterpillars field guide, pictured above.)
In about a week he should, if all is well, hatch into an American Painted Lady butterfly and I'll let him fly...
No big deal, but a quiet kind of nature-y fun.