Raising & moving black swallowtail chrysalis...
by Irene M.
(Pennsylvania to Georgia to Florida)
We were visiting family in North Carolina near the coast and found some tiny black swallowtail caterpillars and "adopted" them. We made a home in a plastic box (poked many holes) & made some feeding containers out of plastic containers weighted with rocks, filled with water, holes poked in lid to keep parsley. Made sure to use the same flat leaf they were feeding on. Crazy as it sounds, we traveled to Pennsylvania with them. They have done great and become quite the fat little (that sounds funny)caterpillars. I've been reading what to do here and felt that they'd be ready to form their chrysalis's and put some sticks with horizontal branches in the container the same way as I did the parsley minus the water. Sure enough 2 of the 4 have "threw up" and climbed aboard and appear ready. The other 2 should be following along. My question (after this loooong explanation) is...I'm traveling by car to Georgia in 4 days and staying a week then heading back to Florida. Is it safe to travel with them once in the chrysalis? I've been ever so careful and hoping that our family would see these guys off! Any advice? I know, I'm crazy but grown quite attached to these little, fat fellas!
Sure it is safe to travel with the chrysalis. Just try to protect them somehow so they aren't bumped too much. Good luck and enjoy! Let us know how things turn out...maybe some pictures :)