Feeding the caterpillars is a pretty simple business, though it can get rather tedious. They eat rather a lot, and require very fresh bits of leaf, so we have to feed them every day. We keep them in small plastic cups (as you can see below), and each day we clean out the cups, put in a small piece of water-soaked cotton (to keep things from drying out), and give the caterpillar some new leaf (different species get different plants, but all the caterpillars eat some type of Passiflora, which are a type of tropical vines that include the passion-fruit).
|A Heliconius melpomene larvae awaiting new food.|
|The table at the insectaries where I feed larvae.|
|A pretty flower in the forest (that I think might be some type of Passiflora).|
|Ant swarm (though they're a bit hard to see).|
|The antbird, looking for food.|
|A hybrid offspring, produced by mating a H. melpomene male with a H. cydno female. You can see that the color pattern is very different.|
Finally, I went to a new beach this weekend. This time I thought of you, my loyal readers, and took some pictures.
|The view from one of our rented roof-things.|
|Another view, with an island in the distance.|