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Old 06-21-2021, 04:29 PM
 
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Recently I bought some parsley to plant, and one of them came with a friend- a black swallowtail caterpillar. I've been watching him grow in size every day. I thought about bringing him inside so he would be safe, but I was afraid I'd make a mistake. Today when I went to check on him, he had vanished and I was sad- but I just found him on the basil plant in the process of starting to pupate. The scare made me rethink bringing him in if he does successfully pupate- or would it be better to leave him be and let nature takes its course? One of my worries about bringing him in is that the basil itself will die, as I've never successfully kept basil inside before. If the plant he's attached to dies shrivels, would that hurt the pupating process?
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Old 06-21-2021, 04:44 PM
 
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If the plant he's attached to dies shrivels, would that hurt the pupating process?
It shouldn't, unless the plant collapses and the chrysalis ends up laying directly on the ground. Maybe you could prop the plant up so it stays upright?
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Old 06-21-2021, 04:53 PM
 
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Swallowtails are my favorite butterflies to raise. They are hardy and not subject to all the diseases and predators that Monarchs seem to be. They are a little pungent, but I like the way they smell.

After the pupation process is complete, wait about a day and cut off the branch the chrysalis is on. If it's sturdy enough, you can line a box with a paper towel and stand the branch up in it. If not, just lay the stem with the chrysalis on its side. This won't hurt the eventual butterfly at all. Then prop up a stick right next to it so that when the butterfly emerges, it can climb up to dry off and expand its wings (this is necessary). The chrysalis can come into the house and the basil can stay outside.

https://butterfly-fun-facts.com/2018...ng-lying-down/
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Old 06-21-2021, 05:11 PM
 
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I wouldn't mess with nature, let it do what it does naturally.
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Old 06-21-2021, 07:20 PM
 
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Swallowtails are my favorite butterflies to raise. They are hardy and not subject to all the diseases and predators that Monarchs seem to be. They are a little pungent, but I like the way they smell.

After the pupation process is complete, wait about a day and cut off the branch the chrysalis is on. If it's sturdy enough, you can line a box with a paper towel and stand the branch up in it. If not, just lay the stem with the chrysalis on its side. This won't hurt the eventual butterfly at all. Then prop up a stick right next to it so that when the butterfly emerges, it can climb up to dry off and expand its wings (this is necessary). The chrysalis can come into the house and the basil can stay outside.

https://butterfly-fun-facts.com/2018...ng-lying-down/
Thank you so much for the advice! Though I may have panicked. It's supposed to storm badly tonight and was already raining hard- so I *may* have run out and uprooted the whole plant and brought it in. And then discovered I have no flowerpots. So it's currently sitting in a bowl in the office with its little passenger still attached. Hopefully I didn't mess him up! The cats are not pleased that they've lost office rights.
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Old 06-21-2021, 08:19 PM
 
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Swallowtails love parsley...if you take it in, make sure to check the jar daily.



I planted some milkweed a few year back and took a monarch cocoon in and put it in a jar.


Checked the jar every so often to see if hatched. Forgot to look in there for a few days, and a dried, fully hatched monarch butterfly was in there ready to fly...flew away as soon as I opened the jar! Glad I checked it as it may have been in there another day if I didn't look!
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:01 AM
 
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I wouldn't mess with nature, let it do what it does naturally.
if you don't its not nature.
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Old 06-22-2021, 10:04 AM
 
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Thank you so much for the advice! Though I may have panicked. It's supposed to storm badly tonight and was already raining hard- so I *may* have run out and uprooted the whole plant and brought it in. And then discovered I have no flowerpots. So it's currently sitting in a bowl in the office with its little passenger still attached. Hopefully I didn't mess him up! The cats are not pleased that they've lost office rights.
Let us know how it does!
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Old 06-22-2021, 10:26 AM
 
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I wouldn't mess with nature, let it do what it does naturally.
I agree, let it be.
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Old 06-22-2021, 11:10 AM
 
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Moving a chrysalis to a protected place is anywhere between an extremely harmless and a very beneficial way of "messing with nature."

If I find a little baby bird that's fallen out of its nest, I pick it up and put it back in the nest if I can. (Birds can't smell, so they won't know a human touched their baby). I suppose the "don't mess with nature" people would just leave it on the ground to die. Sure, that's natural, but it's also heartless.
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