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.  


2 comments:

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

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  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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