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Help, my pupating caterpillar has fallen! What do I do?

Gently place an object next to the cremaster for it to attach itself to. If the item can't be moved close to the pupating caterpillar or soft pupa, move the soft pupa next to the item. We have used old silk pads, the fallen one's silk pad, a cotton wash rag, and a cotton ball. Many items may work well for this purpose!



soft pupa fell

A J'ing caterpillar has fallen
A soft pupa chrysalis that fell from its silk pad and the skin was gently removed from the cremaster portion of the pupating caterpillar.

Gently pick up the soft pupa. GENTLY!
Hold the soft pupa where the cremaster will touch the silk pad.

Hold the soft pupa where the cremaster will touch the silk pad.
The new pupa is now attached and will hang to reshape itself and become an adult.

The new pupa is now attached and will hang to reshape itself and become an adult.

a soft newly pupated monarch fell from its silk pad

Another pupating Monarch fell from its silk pad.
A cotton ball offers a new 'silk pad' for the soft pupa.

A cotton ball offers a new 'silk pad' for the soft pupa.
The pupa now hangs to finish hardening.

The pupa now hangs to finish hardening.
The adult monarch butterfly emerged.

The adult Monarch butterfly emerged.