These are some Long-tailed Skipper eggs on Hyacinth Bean Vine.
The caterpillars I raised came from eggs that were laid on the leaves of an heirloom plant in my garden called Royal Burgundy Bush Beans.
After the caterpillars hatched, I collected 3 of them, along with some fresh foliage.Â I put the foliage in water, and placed them in a mesh enclosure that I purchased from my local native plant nursery.
Soon the caterpillars pupated and made very interesting chrysalises.Â They were covered with a whitish powder-like substance, and were enclosed in woven, silk-like “cages”.Â I wondered how the adults would get out of them, but they all emerged as beautiful adults and were released.
Janeen Engleman Langley
edited by Marcie O’Connor