A Monarch Miracle...and a question
I just wanted to share a FIRST in raising monarchs.
I'm sure all of you have had a caterpillar that has not been able to pupate correctly: ie hanging off the surface by a single thread suspended in mid air
I had a cat do this recently. First, it somehow had suspended it's body horizontally in mid air. I pulled it down and let criss angel give it another go on a sheet of paper I taped under a cupboard. 2 minutes later, the cat fell on the counter.
At that point, I was going to put the poor thing out of it's misery. Against my better judgement, I put it back in the cage toward the top. Later I found it hanging upside down on the SIDE of the cage by a single thread.
I disconnected the thread from the cage and took out the cat. Again, I contemplated putting it out of its misery. Instead I taped the top of the thread to the piece of paper under the cupboard. I expected to come back later and find a dead caterpillar on the counter.
when I came back I was amazed to find it had pupated hanging by a single thread. The chrysalis looked normal.
Today, she was the first of 3 healthy females to eclose. She flew off about an hour ago. Thankfully, I let nature take its course. Otherwise, I would have killed a perfectly healthy monarch butterfly.
so my question: what are the possible reasons a caterpillar can't pupate correctly?