Today it was confirmed.
Our first Chrysalis is dead.
See how it has broken open and is all yucky inside. Looking down in it's hollow and gross.
We are sad. Never having raised a Variegated Fritillary caterpillar before, I wasn't sure what the changes in the chrysalis would look like.
But… unlike other chrysalis' we have had in the past, this one did not move… at all. And the entire darkening from one end to the other, instead of becoming translucent had me concerned.
Nature isn't always fair.
Our other two are beautiful and doing very well. Wiggling like crazy if you come ever so near them. I am relieved.
Too much disappointment for the Jelly Bean.
Here is Chrysalis # 2 yesterday… look at it's stunning patterns:
And here it is today… see the wings?
Chrysalis #3 attached to the jar and is very wiggly. If you even touch the jar it starts going crazy.
Of course, being in the jar, it's been difficult to photograph. It's markings are much more subtle…