fallen j caterpillar

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  • #15067

    junerin
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    Help, a caterpillar that had just hung into a j shape has fallen off and is lying in a leafy part of the garden below the plant. what to do? Any way of reattaching it?

    Thanks

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  • #28931

    butterfly mum
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    well done! I’m glad that it made it okey.

    #28904

    Jacqui
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    Excellent Junerin. Hope the butterfly makes it okay.

    #28903

    Bernie
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    Well done!
    Leave it for a few days to harden and you can then decide how to treat it.If you think the cotton is sufficient to hold it then that’s fine.If not you can glue the pupa so that it is hanging as it would in the wild.I feel sure that there will be details of how to do this in the forum somewhere.

    #28902

    junerin
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    Woke up this morning to find a perfect little chrysalis, still hanging from the cotton! (Now to find a safe place to keep it…)

    #28889

    Jacqui
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    That’s about all you can do, Junerin. Remember that if it does fall, it may already be sick/diseased and not intended for it to survive.

    #28887

    junerin
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    OK, have just tried putting a loop of cotton by its back feet and it is clinging to it, so have rehung it (onto a saucepan handle!) suspended just above the plastic so it doesn’t have too far to fall if it does fall again. Looks like it is behaving fairly normally. Anything else we can do? Will let you know what happens.
    Thanks

    #28884

    junerin
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    Thanks for the replies.
    Just picked it up on a piece of plastic, no silk that I can see. Caterpillar is wriggling a little but doesn’t look damaged at all.

    #28883

    carols
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    Or just lay it gently on a piece of scrunched up tissue paper, and it should be able to complete it’s transformation.

    You can then hang it… or not. The will still hatch successfully if they have something to crawl up as soon as they hatch.

    #28882

    Bernie
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    If there is any silk at all,then you can put a pin in the silk and pin it up even to a sheet of paper that you can wedge firmly so that when it emerges it has somewhere stable to expand it’s wings

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