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So, I'm sitting on a deckchair and I notice our Australorp Edna has grabbed something big off the ground forgaging under our Catalpa  tree.  My chickens are notorious for going after garbage so I perked up to see what it was.  I figured they pulled up a plant label or something and Edna was about to digest some plastic.  Well my wife (she's a biologist) remarked something about "Catalpa worms"...something I have never heard of before.  Well there was a bit of a chase and in the end I saw Edna slurp down the biggest caterpillar I've ever seen.  It looked something like this...

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/53131_catalpa_worms.jpg

Not my photo, but just to give you an idea.  These things are apparently fishing bait of legendary stature.  I can tell you for a fact that chickens LOVE them also.  I went around the tree today and turned over every branch looking for more and by the end I had a pack of caterpillar crazed chickens following me around.  They even followed me to the back door and looked forlornly in hoping I would come out and resume the game.


Edited by gordonburrito - 7/16/10 at 12:19am
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Oh yes, as a child I'd gather loads of these things with my cousins, and sell them to fishermen.  We'd sell every batch as soon as we collected them. 

*grin* We have a light in the brooder hutch and every evening as it starts getting cooler, the bugs start arriving... You should see the little ones jumping and snapping at the bugs, even running backwards!  It's hilarious!

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The Cat is in the henhouse!!

Mom to: 4 dogs, 15 cats, and... Chickens! 11 purchased Silkie chicks; 3 assorted bantam chicks;  2 Silkie Roos (buff & partridge); 17 Silkie O (formerly known as Silkie-X); 4 Black Rosecombs; 3 EEs; and one gorgeous Ameraucana rooster named Flame!  More chicks every day!  Go, chickies, go!  

 

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OH YES! I have about 10 catalpa trees in my yard. We gatherd a few hundred this year and put them in the freezer for later fish bait. Don't remove any with white things on teir backs, those are eggs, at the end of eating the tree the tapas fall off and the eggs go to the ground and hatch next year. It is an interesting life cycle, they aren't actually catapillars as they do not change form, they are just worms, like tomato horm worms I guess I dunno much about those though I have never heard of one turning into a beautimous butterfly lol. Anywho, tapas are AWESOME! They pop up by the thousands!

More birds than I care to count... just reminds me of the feed bill.... 5yo DD, 5yo pup, 8yo pup, and 5 yo kitty
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More birds than I care to count... just reminds me of the feed bill.... 5yo DD, 5yo pup, 8yo pup, and 5 yo kitty
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Originally Posted by missred871 

OH YES! I have about 10 catalpa trees in my yard. We gatherd a few hundred this year and put them in the freezer for later fish bait. Don't remove any with white things on teir backs, those are eggs, at the end of eating the tree the tapas fall off and the eggs go to the ground and hatch next year. It is an interesting life cycle, they aren't actually catapillars as they do not change form, they are just worms, like tomato horm worms I guess I dunno much about those though I have never heard of one turning into a beautimous butterfly lol. Anywho, tapas are AWESOME! They pop up by the thousands!


Actually, Catalpa worms turn into Sphinx moth.

http://www.allaboutworms.com/catalpa-worms

Currently chicken and critter free. Not happy about it, but sometimes life deals those cards. I'm thinking - temporary.

 

I'm an aquarium nut (freshwater). I used to have a fishroom but am limited to a 10 gallon aquarium for now. Well, I'm cheating a little with other "non-aquarium" containers with water. Live plants are the way to go! It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. If you're...

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Currently chicken and critter free. Not happy about it, but sometimes life deals those cards. I'm thinking - temporary.

 

I'm an aquarium nut (freshwater). I used to have a fishroom but am limited to a 10 gallon aquarium for now. Well, I'm cheating a little with other "non-aquarium" containers with water. Live plants are the way to go! It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. If you're...

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Been watching my tree to see when the worms get on it. Can't wait because my chicks are going to have a field day with them. They've never had these worms before. I can't remember when they come on the tree but hoping I don't miss them.

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