Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Black swallowtail chrysalis formed late September- will it wait for spring?

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Oct 12, 2017 6:15 AM CST
I found a mature caterpillar on my parsley. It formed its chrysalis about three weeks ago in late September, on a twig in a plastic container.. Do you think it will stay in until spring, at this point? I tied the twig to a branch of my dogwood. Is this the best thing to do with it?
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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 15, 2017 5:52 PM CST
Yes Sally it will overwinter and hatch in the spring Thumbs up
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Oct 15, 2017 6:13 PM CST
Thanks, Ronnie!
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Name: Polly Doodle
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PollyDoodle
Oct 15, 2017 7:36 PM CST
One of my swallowtails has been in chrysalis for a couple months now.
I have put he and his mesh enclosure in our unheated, detached garage.
One advantage to doing what you did is that the chrysalis will be exposed to natural precipitation.
I've been misting mine a couple times a week so it doesn't dry out too much.

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