These little guys are getting so heavy that the floral tubes can no longer support their weight. PLUS they are eating so much that one or two leaves are just not enough. Well, not without feeling every couple of hours. I am getting up at 5:30 AM, my usual time and with a flashlight going outdoors to retrieve leaves! In the above pic, I am now cutting stems off the tops of the milkweed plant at this point.
Another thing about cats, they don't see very well. They can mistake a smaller one for food. NOT GOOD. So that is why they are divided in cages according to size. The pic above is more for demonstration. They will return to different cages. If I remember correctly I have 13 cats at this point. The caterpillar goes through 5 stages. Each stage sheds its skin and at this point they rest. Won't eat or move for a day or so. When they 'wake up' look out. Bring on the food!
OH NO....they are now eating me out of plants! HELP...
...until next time. Bye now.