Two begin to form the chrysalis.
This is the one that sadly fell and died.
We started with seven caterpillars, but only three made it to chrysalis. I did kill that one caterpillar - I didn't realize that when she crawled out of the box that she was going to make a chrysalis. I pulled it off and killed it by accident. Apparently the caterpillars don't form chrysalises on the milkweed, they travel away and look for safe places to form their chrysalis. That is why they all crawled out of the box despite the cheesecloth I put over top. They formed their chrysalises on the box lid and one on the Diet Coke bottle.
Four actually went to chrysalis, but the wind blew one of the chrysalises off of the box and it didn't make it. Today mom put the chrysalises into a sanctuary that she ordered from Amazon. We're excited for the monarchs to emerge from their green and gold chrysalises. I think I saw the start of wings in the one.
This is a very exciting time in our household! I will post updates of the progress because I think it'll be awesome to watch them grow. I really can't wait for beautiful butterflies to emerge.
Chrysalis on the Diet Coke bottle and the two that formed on the back of the box are now in their sanctuary. Safe and sound.