3 week old monarch chrysalis

bev2009(6 IN)October 7, 2011

The only Monarch chrysalis I have had this summer is going on three weeks old this weekend. Shouldn't it have elcosed by now? We having 70 + degree weather, which I would think hurry it along.

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coolbutterfly(5A)

I don't think I've ever had a monarch chrysalis take that long....70's is by no means COLD weather so I doubt that is an issue.

It wouldn't hurt to wait another week and see what happens. even if it's not viable, I would think it would do something...ie turn black. I hope you have a surprise happy ending, Tony

    Bookmark   October 7, 2011 at 11:17AM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I just had one eclose after considerably more than 3 weeks. I thought they were all gone, but there it was, hanging from the brown paper bag taped to the porch drying its wings.

Martha

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 8:01PM
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fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

Funny I've never had one more than two weeks but after reading Martha's post, I guess wait and see!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2011 at 2:24PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I was amazed myself. I finished up with Monarchs, and had put all of my little chrysalis-covered patches of brown paper bag out on the porch, since most of them were starting to turn dark. Then I proceeded to raise a batch of BST cats to over winter. Once they were outside I thought I was done, but there was this Monarch on Saturday afternoon. We had had a few weeks of nights in the 40s and highs in the 60s. Then it warmed up into the low 80s. Maybe they can hold off for the weather they want.

Martha

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 6:23AM
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bev2009(6 IN)

I see wings in the chrysalis, so maybe tomorrow?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 4:54PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Yay!!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 5:31PM
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coolbutterfly(5A)

fingers crossed....I forgot to ask, where are you keeping the chrysalis...outside? Tony

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 9:11PM
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bev2009(6 IN)

Yes, Tony, it's in a pop up hamper on the screened porch.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 11:56PM
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bev2009(6 IN)

It elcosed! Almost four weeks. I took it outside on my finger, but it wouldn't fly away. It was 6 pm so I put it back in the hamper and will try tomorrow, if we get a break in the rain. Yeah! My first monarch...even though I actually only raised it for one day. LOL

    Bookmark   October 12, 2011 at 7:30PM
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bev2009(6 IN)

It is foggy out and suppose to rain all day, but the next two days are not much better. Do I just release it into the fog? Or can I put some cut flowers in the hamper and wait until tomorrow morning when there is suppose to be a break for an hour or so?

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 8:47AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Release it! It will be OK. It will find a leaf to take shelter under if it rains. You can see if it will take some sugar water before it goes. Mix 4 parts water to one part sugar. Bring to a boil and let cool. You can soak a paper towel or use one of the plastic scrubbers. If the Monarch doesn't know what to do. Place it on the crumpled paper towel (on a saucer) so the legs touch the sugar water--tasters are in feet! And if it doesn't unroll the proboscis, use a toothpick to gently unroll it so it touches the towel. You are holding it gently but firmly, close to the body while you are doing this.

Hope this makes sense. I wrote this out in a hurry as I'm off to practice being a volunteer naturalist.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 10:01AM
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bev2009(6 IN)

Thanks, Butteflymomok. I gave it some sugar water and set it on the screen outside. It was still there when I left for work, but was gone when I got home. However, we also had quite the storm while I was gone, so I hope he made it.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 6:06PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

I'm sure he made it. Butterflies have to put up with bad weather all the time, and we don't find them after storms. You did good!

Sandy

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 7:58PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Wow - amazing it eclosed! Hope he lives a good life!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2011 at 9:39PM
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bev2009(6 IN)

Thanks everyone.

Here's a fuzzy picture of it the day before I released it. The wind was really blowing out.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2011 at 5:13PM
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