Catepillar taking ages to pupate

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  • #42500

    willownz
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    Hi All,
    I’ve done some research but I can’t get a definiative answer.
    My biggest “fattypillar” is about 24 days old.
    Last night I came home to find him in a J. He is still in a J more than 24 hours later.
    He is definately alive because every now and then when the wind blows a leaf into him he wiggles around (no its not the wind, he actually wiggles around then Js again).
    He has leaves all around him so he can easily move to a leaf if he was “stuck”.
    What do I do? Just leave him and he might pupate in the next day or so?

    Thanks!

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  • #42609

    willownz
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    Thanks Tramp

    The first one I posted about didn’t make it and I’ve had two others not make it.
    Down to two caterpillars now. Hopefully I get some butterflies otherwise there is always next season.

    #42602

    tramp
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    With the very dry weather the monarchs take longer to turn into a chrylis as their chrylis sock drys out too quickly and they get stuck a light mist of clean water should help. good luck the same with butterflies hatching they sometimes get stuck same spray Tramp

    #42505

    Caryl
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    Great that you’re close. I’m in Seatoun and would love to meet with you and perhaps we can help each other.
    catlovercaryl@gmail.com

    #42504

    willownz
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    Thanks Caryl. I’m in Wellington as well. I thought my big fatty was a bit behind with his ~24 days!
    I’ll just have to anxiously check each day for my chrysalis!

    #42503

    Caryl
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    My experience is that they can take longer and don’t usually move. But I have moved them myself when needed and they can hang in a J again. I just don’t worry about the time they take. From egg to chrysalis has taken them 77 days in Wellington and I have had almost 700 butterflies born since 1 December!

    #42502

    willownz
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    Thanks Errol. Much appreciated.
    I’ll remove the leaves in the morning.

    #42501

    Errol
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    If the other leaves are annoying him, then I’d suggest you cut them off – so leaving him in peace. Sometimes they do take more than 24 hours to fully pupate, perhaps give him another 24 hours. After that well I don’t know. Good luck.

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