Black Swallowtail help please
Hello! I have searched archives, but really don't know how to word it, so came up empty.
We found some fat, funny green caterpillars on my parsley which I found out are Black Swallowtail Caterpillars. We made them a nice home, have kept them clean and fed for a few days now, and one has gone into chrysalis "mode". Despite my attempts to add branches in hopes it wouldn't attach itself to the lid (which is removable), it attached itself to the lid :-/
I had another full grown caterpillar, and we found a baby also and added it to our home. The other large one that had not yet started to do its thing was on the lid also this morning, and this afternoon upon checking had somehow escaped (no clue how) and was lying on the concrete. After many tears and broken hearts from myself and the kids, I am now frantically trying to see if I have caused trauma to the one that is remaining by removing (CAREFULLY!) and replacing the lid in order to feed the remaining baby.
The one attached has been there, and the silk "belt" has been present since about noon time yesterday. So, a full 24 hours has passed and I don't see any change. I can't find anywhere on the internet that says how long the last molting/shedding process is supposed to take. And I'm afraid I've killed him!
Can anyone help me from their experience? Thank you so much!!!