Dug them out today H & split into two pots with fresh food (keeps drying out so quickly in this heat) , came across loads of shed skins & several quite advanced caterpillars ... have a couple of hurried pics to post but couldn't do a head count as was called away on urgent mission!
My trusty paintbrush measures 10x10mm
The next two are not dead caterpillars! Lol
Still came across a little straggler when I went through the dead leaves again!!
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Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France
Day 24 for the Garden Tiger larvae ... left them for a couple of days to shed skins but time for a clean out ... Had to cut this footage short to round up the escapees! Lol
Safely back with fresh food to keep them occupied
Now for the smaller ones ... I counted 21
Safe in their box
An assortment of shed skins for H
Might have to turn the bigger ones loose in garden as they are eating so much, they can forage for themselves whilst I rear on the smaller ones!
Left the Oak Eggars as they are busy shedding skins but still quite small & skinny!
Hoping for exciting news soon ... as it's three weeks since the last Death's Head HM caterpillar disappeared to pupate I needed to check their box to see if all was well & to transfer it to a secure environment in which they can eclose plus sticks to climb up to dry off properly ... I uncovered one which looked very healthy if a little disgruntled at being disturbed ... covered it over & left the rest in peace!
In reply to WendyBartter:
Yup, got them sorted now! Life of a Double-striped Pug in order, 3 found in the sweetcorn cob (picked from our garden) 13th August
eating well in the pot 15th August
Stopped eating the 17th & thought it was dying or dead, put back in pot,
Pupa formed by the 19th August
& 3 hatched out on the 1st September
Sorry about the labels but wrote on some of the photos before I took copies. Dumbo!
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