Indoor/outdoor Caterpillar Raising in Summer
Hello, All summer I have been "saving" caterpillars found on our parsley and dill from the various predators that seem to be eating them up. I have them in a butterfly house with a couple of parsley plants and dill clippings. Seven have successfully made it to the chrysalis stage. Three swallowtails made their chrysalis on a stick, so they are brown wood-like. The four left were/are green. Only the green ones have emerged. The last butterfly to emerge made his chrysalis probably 5 days after the brown ones. Does the color of the chrysalis have anything to do with the duration of the pupa stage?
Also, I have been keeping the little guys outside as much as possible. When it reaches over 100 degrees I bring them in or if there is a rain storm. Am I confusing them by taking them in and out of a cold environment?
This is an interesting question of which I am not sure. I have had both the green and brown chrysalis, but not noticed a difference in duration of the pupa stage. Did the brown and green chrysalis form at the same time?
If the butterfly house is not in the direct sun (so there is some shade when it is very hot) and if there is some way they can have protection in heavy rain, I would think they could stay outside. That said, I don't think it will hurt them to be inside as long as it isn't really cold.
I am glad you are "saving" caterpillars :)