Tag Archives: caterpillar

The “J”

I moved Murray to a better location so I could take his picture without interference. You can clearly see the white button attached to the twig. He will be in this position for 14-18 hours before he sheds his skin … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Murray the “J”

Well, glad I did not go to sleep! At about 1:15 am, Murray’s feet let go and he formed the J shape. The photo is still through the mesh but I will attempt to remove it in the morning and … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Murray Begins Button Formation

A very exciting day! Murray has begun the pupation process. This afternoon (8-12-10), Murray worked his way slowly up to the highest part of his habitat which is the twig that I placed spanning the jar opening. He had stopped … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When Murray is in the Fifth Instar (sung to the tune of the Age of Aquarius)

Murray is definitely long for his age. He measures a whopping 3 cm (or 30 mm) in length. According to the U. of Minnesota’s Field Guide to Monarch Caterpillars, fourth instar caterpillars should measure from 13 to 25 mm in … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Murray Is Molting

Monarch caterpillars go through five instars (the period between molts). He stopped eating early today and lives attached to the underside of the leaf – this is the second time I have observed this behavior and indicates the beginning of … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Murray is Growing

I changed his leaf and emptied the water jar (with his poop inside). He is growing and slowly wanders around his kingdom. In this photo, you can see the caterpillar’s head capsule (the two semi-circular portions at the upper portion … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Murray On His Leaf

Murray is home! Today, I transfered him from a little jar and some ratty milkweed to a much bigger jar which will be his home until he emerges as an adult. I removed him from his leaf and placed him … Continue reading

Posted in Photography | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment