What pest can be eating/infecting my monarch caterpillars?
Updating you on my not to successful as yet trying to care for Monarch cats. Out of 19 I have one that made her chrysallis this a.m. when I turned my back of course. LOLI change their jars every morning and if they need more fresh leaves I add them in the afternoon. I had one that made her J and then never seemed to make a good J she had beenalive for 3 days including today. When I decided to dispose of her, I noticed a yellow worm likebody like that of rolly polly bug alive in her cage. Never noticed it as I checked on her constantly during the past 3 days. This one was alive, I had another cat that maybe 1 3/4" longthat had died and when I emptied her jar which I also had cleaned and gave new leave to yesterday there was another one of these that was dead in the jar. I wash my leaves prior to putting them in the jars to make sure there are no aphids on themand have no idea where these two things came from but obviously they kill the Cats. The oneI just found I noticed that the Cat had glued itself to the side of the jar since a.m. today andwas not mature enough to become a butterfly. Its a puzzle to me as to where they come fromand what they might be. Obviously harmful to the cats.I have 5 babies growing in jars that I took in as eggs on leaves, and I have 4 more eggs. I amwatching them ever so closely to make sure that these critters whatever they are aren't inthere. I am wondering if they may have been ingested by the cats maybe in their 1" size aseggs on leaves prior to my seeing and bringing them in to place in jars. AND are they possiblycoming from the frass. Whatever they are they grow much faster than the cats do. The one That made the chrysallis this a.m. I am hoping will be healthy. Thanks for responses.