Chrysalis has strange spots( otherwise healthy caterpillars)

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    Monarch1
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    Hi, one of my otherwise healthy caterpillar’s chrysalis has some strange black spots, and I would like to know if he/she will be alright. Thanks!

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    Jacqui
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    Oh! Afterthought!! What I’ve written applies to New Zealand – you haven’t told us whether you’re in NZ or the USA.

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    Jacqui
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    Please don’t tag your monarch!!

    Monarchs tagged at this time of the year are muddying the data we are collecting. We ONLY tag the Autumn generation – the ones that will overwinter.

    The monarch you are releasing will have a life span of a few months – best guess is 6-8 weeks after it’s done what it’s here to do (males: mate until all its sperm has been used up, females: lay eggs and fly to another patch of milkweed to lay more eggs, until all her eggs are gone) and then it will die 6-8 weeks later.

    Thanks.

    #51401

    Monarch1
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    Thank you! Chrysalis just hatched,seems very healthy! Will tag & release!

    #51395

    Jacqui
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    Hello Monarch 1

    Time will tell. This could be a sign of something ominous or it might be that another caterpillar “bit” the chrysalis with the dark spots or…

    You don’t tell us where you are – what part of the world?

    Edith Smith in the USA (Florida) has taken lots of photos and ID’ed various monarch diseases and I’ll point you at some of her photos. But here in NZ most of our monarchs are pretty healthy, so unless you get more than one with tge symptoms, I wouldn’t worry too much.

    http://www.butterfly-fun-facts.com/disease-oe/black-death-not-a-disease-what-is-it/

    Check out Edith’s photos on our page: http://www.butterfly-fun-facts.com

    Also, click on the hot tag “disease” at the right of this page. And this is also useful reading:

    Where to look for a Monarch Chrysalis in the Butterfly Garden?

    Cheers

    Jacqui

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