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Old 07-25-2011, 01:25 PM   #1
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I know you have seen many pictures of monarch chrysalis but I wanted to share this with you.
My 13 year old neice has been visiting her grandfather having flown in from Texas. While at grampas they found a few monarch caterpillars to raise. One she put into a separate jar and fed common milkweed. She stopped by here yesterday to visit chicago relatives and spend a few days before returning home. I now have custody of the chrysalis as it would be unlikely she would be allowed to take on board a flight home.
It is good to see her so eager to share her find with the rest of us.
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:28 PM   #2
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Gloria, enjoy your "baby" when it emerges. I would offer a bit of advice... prior to emergence, transfer the chrysalis to a rougher platform than the jar top. If the cat finds no roughness to the surface, it won't be able to "hold on" till the wings are properly formed. If if falls, a permanently deformed wing(s) might result. To hold the chrysalis on a stick or similar object, I've had nice results tying the silk attachment with plain dental floss; a simple knot is enough. You can then tie the floss to a stick, screen, etc. Have fun with it!!
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Way cool, Gloria! When did it form the pupa? It should be 10-14 days before it comes out.
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Congratulations to you and your niece-- you must be so proud of her.

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I know you have seen many pictures of monarch chrysalis but I wanted to share this with you.
We've seen others, but not YOURS. Thanks for sharing. It really is a beautiful chysalis. Last year, I watched two monarch cats grow, but never found a chrysalis until AFTER they'd emerged.

I'd love to have more caterpillars this year, but so far, no luck. Kind of depressing since last year was so successful at attracting quite a few species to the flowers, and the monarch cats to the plant. I guess there is still time.
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10 days exactly! We allowed her to leave when she was ready.
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10 days exactly! We allowed her to leave when she was ready.

Congratulations, Gloria. You make a great foster mother.
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10 days exactly! We allowed her to leave when she was ready.
Yippy! It is always exciting for me when another butterfly ecloses! Good job!
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:58 AM   #8
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Searching the forums shows that this has never been discussed here so I thought I'd post something I find very interesting about monarch chrysalises.

Monarchs have been using velcro long before man came up with the idea. The caterpillar makes a silk pad which are the loops. Then the chrysalis' cremaster has hooks on the end of it. The wriggling chrysalis entangles the hooks amongst the loops. Once properly entangled, the chrysalis hangs from the loops.

This webpage has some excellent electron microscope shots of what I'm talking about.

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:00 AM   #9
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The mysteries of nature never cease to amaze me! Thanks for posting that info.

With respect to 'never been discussed here' I think there is a wealth of information here at WG that merits repeating. I hope you won't limit your posts to only those topics that haven't been discussed here.
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