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seedmoneySeptember 17, 2011

Is it possible to tell the sex of the occupant by looking at its chrysalis?

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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

I have never heard of such, but I am not an expert.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 10:11AM
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Tony G(5a)

I have gotten pretty good at telling the sex after the chrysalis has become clear(thickness of wing veins), but I've never heard of this being done with a green chrysalis. I think they all look the same but i guess there could be a subtle difference...experts?

I did learn from the forums this summer you can tell the sex of a monarch with it's wings closed because the dot on the males wing is visible....never noticed that before. Tony

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 10:54AM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

All depends on which species of lepidoptera you want to sex. I do it all the time for the saturnids I raise. You can do it for GSTs. I'm sure there are many others.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:26AM
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caterwallin

Click on the link I'm including and it tells you how to tell the difference between male and female in Monarch pupae.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monarch Pupae Sex

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 3:31PM
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mechelle_m(z9 TX)

How interesting! I can hardly wait for my newly hatched monarch cats to become chrysalids so I can see for myself.

Thanks for an interesting and informative link.

Mechelle

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:38PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm just (1/16/2012) posted pics on their Facebook page on how to tell the difference between BST male and female chrysalises. They also posted pics of male and female monarch chrysalises.

Below is a link to tdogmom's page on GST's.

Here is a link that might be useful: GST chrsyalis comparison pic

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 3:42PM
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