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Black Swallowtail enclosing early

Posted by tnu07mom z8 SC (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 13, 12 at 7:17

I had some black swallowtails overwintering in my attic. With our strange winter and this weeks warm temperatures being forecast, I went up to bring them down and put them in the refrigerator for a few weeks. To my surprise I found a newly enclosed butterfly. He had just enclosed this morning since the fluid on the bottom of the aquarium was still wet.
We have trees flowering everywhere and warm temps forecast for the next couple of weeks. I am hoping he can survive. I am considering calling our local science center's butterfly lady first to see if they have an indoor exhibit. My question is what to do with the other two chrysalis? They all formed within a few days of each other. Do I leave them, or can I cool them down now? I am afraid it may be too late if they are close to enclosing,

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RE: Black Swallowtail enclosing early

I think it's too late. Besides, from what I've heard on the weather, spring has sprung, at least they're not showing any near-future cold spells here, probably not in SC.
My third black swallowtail has emerged this morning, a female. I'll release her some time today.
Congrats on your butterfly!

RE: Black Swallowtail enclosing early

Glad to know mine aren't the only ones. I left him drying his wings in the aquarium. I may move him to my butterfly cage for the night and release him in the morning since It will be after 5 when I get home. I willget some flowers to put in there for nectar. My friend has plenty of flowering quince, blueberry bushes and bradford pears, so that is where I am releasing him.

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