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post #1 of 28 Old 08-29-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
Caterpillars I have been raising(pic heavy)

This summer I bought some caterpillars to raise. Only one type, but I quickly gained more. I don't have a lot ATM, kinda in a low spot. 13 cocooned cercropia caterpillars, 4 monarch chrysalises, 4 giant swallow tail caterpillars (one is cocooning). Then a male monarch butterfly that emerged this morning, I've released half a dozen so far.

Cercropia are always my favorite. They get huge at 4" long and have a very unusual temperance. They change appearances alot during there lives Also giant sticky feet! They have all cocooned and will wait out the hard winter before coming out in spring. Here is a video of them as they grew.

Cercropia after they hatch


mature caterpillar



Monarchs- Here is a video of a male butterfly.


Giant swallow tails, they camo as crap. They also pretend they are snakes and if poked stick out a fake snake tongue. They do the same as the cercropia and will cocoon over winter and emerge in spring.


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post #2 of 28 Old 08-29-2010, 02:00 PM
Holy smokes. That thing is huge.

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post #3 of 28 Old 08-29-2010, 02:50 PM
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The "mature caterpillar" picture made me cringe. But I think it's amazing at the same time.

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post #4 of 28 Old 08-29-2010, 03:08 PM
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wow ! i think they're beautiful,and please post more pictures when you can.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 28 Old 08-29-2010, 06:27 PM
yup i've seen those lol.the giant swallow tail is beautiful.nothing can compare to it's beauty.

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post #6 of 28 Old 08-29-2010, 10:08 PM
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Thank you for sharing these amazing photos. I hope you'll post some of the butterflies before you set them free.
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post #7 of 28 Old 08-30-2010, 01:26 AM
here is my swallowtail
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5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
22 May 2012
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post #8 of 28 Old 08-30-2010, 08:31 AM
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Those videos are absolutely amazing. I loved the one of the liofe cycle as they grew especially. It was amazing how fast they grew and cacooned.
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post #9 of 28 Old 08-30-2010, 12:45 PM
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Those are great pics, thanks for sharing. I, like Romad, cringed at the shot of the mature caterpillar on your finger. Not the caterpillar but the fact that you had such a LARGE caterpillar on your finger! Euuww, I love caterpillars and can pick them up but NEVER one that big. Nice video, too!

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post #10 of 28 Old 08-30-2010, 05:22 PM
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i would love to hold a caterpillar that big.awsome.

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