How do you euthanize?

shannon74April 17, 2014

I hate, hate, hate it. But I have had a couple GSTs eclose this month with messed up wings. Breaks my heart to see them struggling to fly. Anyway, I usually put them in a plastic bag in the fridge to slow their senses and then into the freezer later. I remember reading someone say the kindest way is to cover and stomp, but I cannot bring myself to do that. My husband asked why I don't just put them on a tree and let nature take its course. But I cannot stand the thought of something I have lovingly cared for 8 months get torn apart by birds. :-( What do you do?

Shannon

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Freezer for a few days.

In the old days, we would put them out on flowers during the day and bring them in at night.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 1:32PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

Frig to sleep and then freezer, but only in severe cases. Sometimes it takes a few day to evaluate whether they can fly.

Try lightly misting chrysalis with water once a week. This may help to prevent damaged wings. The chrysalis tend to try out during the winter.

Here is a link that might be useful: Post Hibernation Strategies

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 3:58PM
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