By Wendy & Katie
July 11, 1997
July 11, 1997 Today 2 more of our Monarch caterpillars are moving towards the top of the aquarium. One of the caterpillars appears to be spinning silk to the side; (the glass); of the tank. I don't know if this will pose a problem for him when it is time for him to hatch; and I haven't come across this situation in any of the reading I did to explain this. Since the caterpillar hasn't spun a lot of silk at this point, so I decided to try and detach it and move him to the screen top. ***SPECIAL NOTE: I wouldn't recommend detaching a caterpillar unless he has just started to spin his silk. Ours had very little silk spun, yet he was extremely difficult to remove. I had to be very, very careful not to squish or harm the insect. Once removed from the glass, I placed the caterpillar on the screen top of the aquarium. We noticed that after a short time he began to spin his silk again. Gradually he reattached himself to his new mat of silk and then hung in a "J" position. We think that he will be ok now, but we will have to keep an extra eye on him and see what happens. It does seem, however, that it is taking him a longer time to change over into a chrysalis. I wonder if he was affected by the stress of moving him? I will be sure to note the period of time that it takes him to change over.