Two days ago I discovered a beautiful fat monarch caterpillar in my yard. We took it in to provide it a safer environment and to let my children watch the incredible metamorphosis! Just as the caterpillar was about to attach itself, the habitat was blown off of the table. I found the caterpillar in its "J" shape lying on the bottom. He would not move. I noticed a tiny silk dot at the top where he may have already been stuck.. Fearing the worst, I cleaned the container and placed him back. This morning he looked like he had died but I left him to deal with later. Upon arriving back (only 2 hours) we found a beautiful green chrysalis! It is still on the bottom of the container however, and is too soft to try and reattach or handle. How long do I wait before attempting to reattach it, or place it in an upright position in an egg crate? I know nothing about butterflies, but this little survivor deserves all the help he (or she?) can get!
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