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Before we went to bed last night, one of the caterpillars was on the inside of the jar-lid in a “j” formation.
This is the precursor to chrysalis, or so I’ve been told. So we were excited, to say the least. Another ‘pillar was on the edge of the jar (inside), I think headed to the lid to form another “j” shape. Or maybe in the keeping of the alphabet, a “k.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ The third was still chewing away on the leaves on the bottom of the jar.

And then this morning, after an exciting early-morning start (see the next post), Mark found our first chrysalis! ๐Ÿ˜€ Now there are two more on the inside of the lid and headed towards their chrysalis. I don’t know exactly how long this will last, but oy! I’m excited! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Karen(Chevy)

    WooHoo! Congrats!! I just actually got to watch another J turn into the chrysalis. It’s very cool to watch!

    Anywhere from 8-14 days for the butterfly to emerge. You will begin to see it darkening on the inside and then for the outer layer to become transparent. Mine were exactly 9 days.

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Okay Karen–

    so the real question is, assuming the chrysalises (chrysalii?) attach themselves to the lid of the jar, is it okay to lift the lid and empty out the jar? There are chewed-on leaves and quite a bit of poo that I’d like to clean out the jar. I don’t want to disturb them, but I also don’t want it to mold in there, either. ๐Ÿ˜ Whaddaya think?

  • Karen(Chevy)

    As long as you are very careful you can do it. My problem is that one of them is attached to the side of the jar, again. I have my son hold the lid of the jar and try to clean it out as best as I can but I can’t tip it over to dump all the stuff out.

    Quite a bit of poo is an understatement LOL!

  • Karen(Chevy)

    I set one free this morning! My other two are still pretty green so it will be another day or two. Keep a close eye on yours and you might actually be able to get a picture of it breaking out of the chrysalis.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/chevymom0 Karen(Chevy)

    Starting to get a bit worried about you. I know those butterflies had to hatch by now. Hope to see a blog from you soon. We are headed out to Pinckney this week for some camping fun.