J caterpillar but didn\'t make its silk but a round liquid spot instead – help ?

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    linae
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    Hi I have a caterpillar in J form last night but didnt make its silk to hang from but instead I see a round clear liquid instead – what will happen to this caterpillar if it goes into chrysalis stage – I fear that it will fall off and damage its chrysalis – does anyone know why this is and if it can be rescued to it can go thru its final stages ? This is my first season raising Monarchs – love it – have released almost 40 and still have a few chrysalis left. I have also a few eggs that have already hatched that I have brought the swan plant inside to keep them safe as they grow – the caterpillars have taught me a lot about their behaviours/growth to butterflies. I have also had about 6 casualties, 2 with damaged wings from falling off its perches and when I finally saw what had happened, it was too late to pick them up to help them hang their wings ! 1 died from black death, 1 from going in J form when it was only half its size and 2 going into J form without making its silk to hang from as above…. tks

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  • #43601

    linae
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    Hi Jacqui, unfortunately the J caterpillar died – he felt soft/spongy almost like there was fluid inside – of course no movement. I don’t take kindly loosing one of my caterpillars – it would be good if anyone knows why this happens now and then ? Was it something he’s eaten, picked up a disease or what ? If anyone can help would be great, tks

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    linae
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    Hi Chrisalis, thanks for that advise…. yes I’ve sorted that one out already by dangling a frayed nylon string beside it so the butterflies can grasp onto it when hatching & I haven’t had one fall since then. Another instance where I had to rehang a chrysalis – I used a glue gun – I dabbed an amount of hot glue onto a wooden chop stick and gently put the chop stick with the glue onto the top of the chrysalis, let it cool and put it in a safe area like over a bowl so it can dangle until it hatches.

    And Jacqui – thank you for your kind words – yes, I’m so pleased with myself of what I have done so far. Since posting my first forum, I had another 5 butterflies that I released to the butterfly world ! It’s so rewarding…… my husband thinks I’m crazy !

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    Chrisalis
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    Hang something underneath hatching chrysalises that the butterflies can climb up if they fall off. I use stretchy plant ties.

    #43572

    Jacqui
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    Hello Linae

    Great work with what you’re doing. You’ll have to let us know how you get on with this particular caterpillar.

    We often expect “perfection” but I have often been reminded that only about 3% of the eggs laid by monarchs will become beautiful butterflies – so your record is sterling.

    Please keep us in the picture.

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