|Monarch interrupting tiger swallowtails mating - CB|
Chris Barnhart has videos of lepidoptera lust and mayhem posted on Youtube. The first one pictured above was a monarch persistently interrupting a pair of mating tiger swallowtails. The monarch continued in the interspecies "menage a trois" until Chris physically removed it, as seen in this video. You try explaining what the butterflies were doing to a group of little kids!
|Male monarchs wrestling on the gravel floor- CB|
It is an insect eats insect world in nature and this continues in the house. Although we try to control loss at all monarch stages, there are lots of predators in every stage in their growth. When the caterpillar hatches it eats its egg before starting on the milkweed host. At times the caterpillar will come across another egg and eat it. This fratricide increases the survival odds by ensuring a better food supply.
|Rat nibbling on a black swallowtail caterpillar - CB|
Coming next, but what are they?