Will our Black Swallowtail emerge?

by Jeff
(Powell, OH)

My boys found a swallowtail caterpillar last fall and it has been in it's chrysalis all winter. I wasn't aware that you were supposed to keep it in a cold place, so it has been in our relatively warm house. Is there something I can do to help it emerge? Should I put it in the refrigerator for a few weeks or is it too late for that? Thanks.

Karen says:
Jeff, it would be best if the butterfly didn't emerge until there is spring flowers for it to nectar on. So maybe if you could keep it cool in a basement or garage for a while it might be best. Good luck and I hope you get to experience the miracle of the butterfly emerging!

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