Sunday, October 30, 2011

Black Caterpillars, part 3

They aren't black caterpillars anymore.

We have three green and yellow chrysalises.   Aren't they cool!

After the greens wilted and started to die back, I clipped the stems of the greens that the chrysalises were clinging to - taking care not to clip the anchor threads from the stem to the chrysalis - and attached them to sticks.

I used Elmer's glue on one with a green stem, but it was a pain because Elmer's takes a while to dry.   I propped everything up and together with folded paper.    Next time, I'd use a little glue dot. 

The other chrysalis had a longer dry stem and I just taped the stem to the stick.   It was easy. 

Now they sit and wait in their jar for another week or so before they emerge as butterflies.  


  1. What will you do with the butterflies after they hatch? Do they migrate like Monarchs? I've always wanted to see one hatch.

  2. Hi Teresa! I just did some research and it looks like these might overwinter as chrysalises! We'll keep them in the barn or in a safe place outside. We'll see what they do in the next few days.


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