Caterpillars: We now have Chrysalides

Not sure i can title my posts caterpillars no more, as as you can tell from the title we now have 4 chrysalides. The 4th caterpillar is around 3/4days behind the others. The other 3 have been chrysalides for 7 days now, so we could get butterflies anytime. Although none are dark yet and the information leaflet you get with the kit says they will darken before butterflies appear. So now on dark chrysalide watch!

When the last caterpillar was at the top in it’s J shape. I sat watching for an hour, it was twitching and moving so i presumed it would be a chrysalide soon. After an hour i had to stop watching and go make tea for us all. Typically i came back in the living room 30 minutes later to see it was a chrysalide! So i missed it all again!

I am hoping to catch atleast one butterfly emerge, but i bet it will happen when i have nipped out the house.

So although not much is happening from the outside alot is happening inside! We are now on Day 15!

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Caterpillars Day 4 – Day 9 (chrysalides)

I have took pictures most days still, but thought i would update in a block post whilst the caterpillars get bigger and ready to form into chrysalides.

I have 3 on day 9 in their chrysalides, with number 4 still crawling around them. This one is around 3/4days behind the others, really hoping it chrysalides soon so i can move them all into the netting together. If not then i’m not sure what i do with the 4th as the hang from some pad that came with the tub. Will see if i come to this point what insectlore suggest i do. I do hope number 4 makes it!

Pictures from Day 4-9, haven’t they got big quickly!?

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I never knew just how messy caterpillars were!

Caterpillars Day 2

Woke up to find them all still. At first i thought the heat had killed them off and was a bit worried as to how i can’t even look after caterpillars which is pretty simple, as i do nothing at this stage but watch. Thankfully 30 minutes later i noticed 1 had changed shape. Sigh of relief to know atleast one is still alive. During the course of the day they started moving a little bit. So all are well. We have some shedding already and the silk is well and truely underway already. ¬†I am hoping the smaller caterpillar catches up in size to the other 3 so they are all at the same stage at the same time and can be released together at the end. We will see, fingers crossed.

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