Sometime during the afternoon several of the naughty things decided they were done eating and ready to scout out a good place for their metamorphosis. I hadn't put the lid on the aquarium yet. We found a few on the underside of the table, two in the impatiens plants sitting beside the aquarium, and sadly two were in cobwebs under the furniture and had been killed by spiders.
You can bet we put in fresh milkweed for the younger caterpillars and then made sure the lid was on. Tight.
Hours later we had several J's hanging about. The caterpillars sealed their posteriors to a hard surface and hung curled upside down. Since then, every time we've checked there have been new chrysalises.
Did you know the word "chrysalis" originates from their beautiful metallic or golden sheen? That's true for monarchs!
So - the official count as of today is: 13 chrysalises, all still green with gold spots, and 3 who came late to the party and are still small caterpillars!
Is it weird that I am so excited about this?