Missing chrysalis'

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  • #31926

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    Hello, new here!

    So far I have got 12 chrysalis’ – well I did. This morning I went out to check if my last two caterpillars had gone into their J stage only to find that two of my chrysalis’ were gone. One was a fallen one and was quite banged up (I was unsure if it would still survive) and the other was quite strong but had changed on a leaf. The only trace left of them I can find is the silk, black stem and not even a millimetre of the green shell. I do have my plants and monarchs protected with a make shift tent so I’m stumped as to how this could happen.

    Has anyone had the same problem? Or any ideas what could have happened?

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  • #31951

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    Hi Jacqui

    Just took some photographs to show you my tent and what’s left of the missing chrysalises.

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8412436245_d77dba3521_b.jpg
    This is my tent, it’s mainly made from tulle material and sticks, the middle pole is a replacement for a shorter one that was there in the beginning because of the last bunch of plants I had being too tall – and with that came with me not having enough tulle so I had to improvize with scrap material I had laying around the house. I also have a white sheet over top for night time. I have stones along the bottom so nothing can get in or out (I had a few escapies in the beginning).

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8055/8413535662_94e17647f5_b.jpg
    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8218/8412436307_7824854686_b.jpg
    These two photos are from the chrysalis I had on the leaf, before and after the disappearance.

     

    emmakate: I’ve been quite lucky too! Last year I had a total of three or four butterflies and this year it’s (hopefully) going to be twelve! But with more caterpillars comes more spending on milkweed – not good on my pockets.

    #31943

    emmakate
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    Oh wonderful thanks Jacqui! I figured they SHOULD be ok, as they’d chosen those spots themselves after all (they should know best right??!). ūüôā

     

    Emma

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    Jacqui
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    Hi EmmaKate

    The flat spot shouldn’t affect the butterfly at all, you’ll be pleased to know.

    Jacqui

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    I also had a chrysalis vanish one night – I can’t think of any explanation for it though as it was on a high branch and simply¬†disappeared silk dot and all!?

    But overall (and touch wood!!) I have been pretty lucky so far, out of approx. 30 cats I have 22 chrysalis’ formed and 5 cats left to fatten up… HOPEFULLY they will all hatch healthy…¬†¬†A few made chrysalis’ on the side of a wall outside, hardened overnight and they have flat patches (slightly deformed but not TOO munted)…

    Will this affect the butterfly does anyone know??  THANKS! EmmaKate

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    Jacqui
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    Hello Star, and welcome to the forum.

    Could be many things and without having a look at your “makeshift tent” it’s hard to say. Rats, birds, hedgehogs have been known to take chrysalises. Ants have eaten mine, but I don’t think that would happen so quickly.

    I hope you don’t lose any more.

    Jacqui

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