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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Caterpillars to Chrysalis

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.


  1. Hannibal Lecter to Clarice Starling:

    "The significance of the moth is change.

    Caterpillar into chrysalis, or pupa,

    and from thence into beauty."

    What an interesting hobby you have, dear Jessica Marie! It takes skill and patience to produce monarch butterflies "from scratch." How did you get interested in doing this in the first place? Have you raised butterflies before this? If you used a Jolt Cola bottle to nurture the chrysalis, would it yield a crop of butterflies with special powers and abilities? :)

    I can't wait to see the butterflies emerge. Thank you, dear friend JM!

    1. I raised them years ago as a child when my aunt bought me a kit. My mom grows milkweed and before the milkweed had an aphid infestation, she discovered monarch caterpillar eggs. Aphids are evil and before the aphids attacked those milkweed, mom cut down the milkweed and brought them inside.

      For the past two weeks, we've been raising caterpillars. We're very excited for the final outcome! Haha, if we used a Jolt cola bottle, the butterflies would emerge as Super Butterfly! They would fly to Mexico with super speed and create monster storms. :)

      Mom's garden has had a lot of monarchs and swallowtails lately. It's been beautiful to see.

  2. This is a science project in elementary school, here.
    I dropped a caterpillar once. I thought I killed him, but he was just playing dead.

    1. I remember doing this in elementary school as well! Always fun. I wish we found swallowtails as well!

      Awww, I wish the one I killed was playing dead. He spewed green stuff and died. :(

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    1. We have four caterpillars now... the whole process starting over! :)