Need opinion on Swallowtail chrysalis

IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.July 7, 2014

Found a black swallowtail chysalis hanging on a limb, but after a very windy day, I found it on the ground....is there anything I can do to help the critter out? Should I try to super glue it back?
Took a pic of its condition....

Thanks
Ian

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

It looks like it's got a crack in it. I see a dark spot near the chrysalis - was it oozing liquid? If so, there's nothing that can be done for it. I wouldn't try to glue it back.

Sherry

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 9:03AM
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IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.

Looked at it with my hand lens and it is not cracked, nor is it oozing anything.....
He/she moves....ie wiggles back and forth when touched (its alive)...
So I would like to know whether I should leave it on its side or try to hang it back up.....
I'd like to help it...just for the sake of helping out this critter...

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 10:48AM
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alex928 Z8/LA

It should do fine on its side. Just make sure you have something nearby for the butterfly to climb up and dry its wings after it emerges...maybe a stick or something like that.

This post was edited by alex928 on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 11:06

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 11:05AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Ditto - I move my chrysalids fairly often and put them on their side. They emerge from that position just fine.

Sherry

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 12:21PM
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IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.

Thank you!! Much appreciated....

    Bookmark   July 7, 2014 at 1:58PM
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