Part of Caterpillar sticking out
Brown area at bottom of Chrysalis appears to be dead?
My two sons and I are raising our first Monarch Butterflies from Larvae. Wednesday night we noticed the first chrysalis. It's now Saturday and the chrysalis has not formed completely around the caterpillar yet. The part sticking out looks dead, the chrysalis itself looks a healthy light green. Is this normal, is it just part of the shedding process. The other caterpillar formed a complete chrysalis within 24hours. Please help.
It looks and sounds like a Nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV) in which caterpillars and chrysalises are affected. Often the larva fails to fully pupate. Make sure and disinfect with a 20% bleach solution all of the equipment you are using to raise the monarchs because this is very contagious. Hopefully your other chrysalis is OK.