It sure would be interesting to leave them outside under natural conditions
and see if they make it. I don't know what their tolerance is. Can you take
some photos and post the record to BAMONA?

Kent McFarland

Conservation Biologist

Vermont Center for Ecostudies

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Norwich, Vermont 05055

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On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:19 AM, Larry Clarfeld <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi VTLEP'ers,
> The Montpelier Giant Swallowtail caterpillars (or at least two of them)
> have formed chrysali (is that the plural?).  We're holding them at the North
> Branch Nature Center on the off-chance that they emerge next spring.  I was
> thinking of storing them in the basement near a bulkhead door so they stay
> cool, but above freezing for the winter.  Unfortunately, they were
> discovered accidentally by the homeowners while they were doing yard work
> and may have been inadvertently damaged.  They were found earlier this week.
>    (the exuviae is still
> attached in the photo, and the possible area of damage is visible)
> Other butterflies at North Branch Nature Center yesterday:
> Mourning Cloak (very fresh)
> Red Admiral (very fresh)
> Monarch
> Clouded Sulphur
> Best,
> Larry
> --
> Larry Clarfeld
> Environmental Educator
> Youth Birding Coordinator
> North Branch Nature Center
> 713 Elm St.
> Montpelier, VT 05602
> (802) 229-6206
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