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help quick! bst pupating on bottom of cage

Posted by tpolony (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 4, 10 at 13:41

I thought he was going to pupate on the wall of the mesh container last night, but this morning I found him on the bottom in a curled pupating position. Doesn't seem like he fell, because he was too far out from the wall.

He's lying as close to face down as possible, on top of a towel (terrycloth kind, not paper towel). I don't even know if his butt is connected using a silk pad.

Will he be able to pupate like this? Doesn't he need to have space all around him to wiggle the skin off? What if he doesn't have a silk pad to give him stability? Anything I can do to check to see if he's secure (I hate to mess with him and screw him up somewhow) or help position him for success?

I don't know what to do...

I can email a picture to anyone who wants to try to help. I don't know how to post them here.


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RE: help quick! bst pupating on bottom of cage

I uploaded 2 pictures of the caterpillar to Flickr. Hopefully these links will work. Here they are:

Picture 1

Picture 2

RE: help quick! bst pupating on bottom of cage

It does look like it started to pupate, but didn't get to finish its sling. I've had them successfully pupate laying down, but I would recommend putting it on a piece of wax paper. It might stick to the towel once it pupates and starts to harden.

RE: help quick! bst pupating on bottom of cage

Thanks for the tip. The wax paper worked great.

I didn't get to see it happen, but he pupated fine. He must've slid around a bit on the slippery paper as he was near the edge of it when it was over. I cut a big piece and put him in the center to give him a lot of wiggle/sliding room.

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