why isn't my spicebush caterpillar becoming a chrysalis?
I brought in a spicebush caterpillar I found on a spicebush leaf that had fallen from the tree. It is November, and in my area, most spicebushes have lost all leaves and we have had a few frosts. I figured it would turn into a chrysalis in a couple days, based on the time of season. I have kept it outside with natural temp. and light, and have misted it every so often. It has been at least 4 days, and no change. Anyone have any advice? I have another chrysalis I am overwintering(outside so it won't change pre-season), so I'd like to keep this one too. Also, our spicebush trees have had a good bunch of caterpillars, but never any hanging chrysalis. Are the caterpillars getting eaten, or do they sometimes form a chrysalis that stays on the ground with the other fallen leaves?