I dropped a crystalis! Will it die?
I found a monarch crystalis on the side of a potted plant (yes, this early in the year!) and decided to move it to the mesh cage where it would have better room to spread its wings after it emerges. I've moved them before, and tied the dental floss around the top and moved it towards the cage--and it FELL, about three or four feet onto the cement! I'm so upset! The cacoon has a small part that looks flatter than the rest but didn't break. It is at least a few days old.
I've apologized profusely and hung it up properly, but I should have just left it where it was. I'm so sad!
Please tell me honestly--just "yes" or "no" will be ok, you don't have to soften the blow--do you think I damaged the butterfly terribly or in a way that will stop it from living?