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How can you tell if a butterfly has died in its cocoon?

How long does it take for eastrern tiger swallowtails, black swallowtails, and spicwebush swallowtails? How can you tell if it has died?

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3 Responses to “How can you tell if a butterfly has died in its cocoon?”

  1. Shantei

    It’s not moving.

  2. sparrow

    The time that a lava spends in pupation may be brief, as with the Monarch butterfly who only stay in a chrysalis for 2 weeks. However, some species enter into a dormant state when they start pupation and stay in this stage until the appropriate season. They mostly stay dormant through the winter months or during the dry season in the tropics.

    As a child grew Silkworms, I could tell if they died simply by putting my nose by the cocoon, death smells !!

  3. tigerlilybumbleroot

    swallowtails generally overwinter in their cocoons. You might want to try moving them to a warmer sunny spot so they can know that it’s springtime. We’ve already got lots of Eastern Tigers, and Zebra Swallowtails flying around in VA. I don’t know where you are, but if you’re down south they can be ready to be outside. If it’s still too cold outside for the butterflies to survive than don’t try to get them to hatch.

    I suggest doing some googling for more information on swallowtails.

    I know that isn’t too helpful, but the information is definitely out there,

    it’s probably not dead.

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