This post will confront my insanity, and provide some insight into raising monarchs and swallowtails. I hope. Did you all get my thesis statement? I hate thesis statements, and refuse to let my students use them, by the way.
So a few weeks ago I bought a used 10g aquarium and did this to it:
See his shriveled skin and antennae? The line on his side? (or her) I love seeing that skin slide up and off:
This monarch (below) attached to the side, and has a flat dent. Rumor has it things will work out. We will see:
Tachnid flies lay eggs in monarch larvae with a vengeance, and often the monarch "J"s up early, dies, and hangs limp as the tachnid fly larvae slides out on a slime thread. Swallowtails get carted off by wasps and used as incubation chambers. Maybe I just see a lot of my life in this whole process (take that any way you want).