Caterpillars hanging on cut leaves
(Ann Arbor, MI)
We have two monarch caterpillars that we have raised from eggs. We have been keeping them in a glass jar and adding fresh milkweed leaves daily. We also put some sticks in the jar to give them a place to hang. Today they climbed all over the sticks but then settled to hang on the underside of a couple of the milkweed leaves. They are still hanging caterpillars at this point. I don't know what to do because those leaves will not last long enough for the caterpillars to become butterflies, but I'm afraid to interfere or try to move them. I would appreciate any advice.
Andrea, is there any you could tape the leaf to a horizontal branch possibly. Or, the other thing you could do is tie a piece of thread to the top black "stem" of the chrysalis and then tie the other end of the thread so the chrysalis is hanging off a branch. Try to handle the chrysalis as little as possible....they are fragile. I hope this helps:)