Oh boy. I have a black swallowtail chrysalis I have brought in the house. Had watched the caterpillar just yesterday and found this today. Figured with a good sized garden spider web just a foot away, it probably had a better chance if moved. What size container will I need when the butterfly emerges. Saw on one site that it should emerge in 9-11 days....correct? Anything else I need to now? Think this should give my elderly mother something to catch her interest watching each day.
Any butterflies need a little room to stretch and pump their wings as well as fly around just a little to test and strengthen their wings. Being a Black Swallowtail, 9 - 11 days is about right, but ... I have several in a cage on my porch and they've been in their chrysalis for over 2 weeks now. It is cooler on my porch. I think when they are exposed to cooler temps (like indoors in A/C) they might take longer to emerge. Black Swallowtails can over-winter in their chrysalis for months. Survival of the species during cold weather, I suppose. I think your MIL will really enjoy this butterfly when it emerges!
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