All six of our caterpillars emerged, but one little guy (the one that never made it to the top) didn’t emerge successfully. His wings were crumpled and he couldn’t make it all the way out of the chrysalis shell. He was able to stand, but kept toppling over.(He is the one in the background sitting in the jar lid.)
The boys decided to put him outside in the woods so he could at least enjoy the fresh air.
After we set the others on the orange slices, they would unfurl their proboscis and start sipping right away. (Two of them gained so much energy, they hopped up to a leaf of the hollyhock plant and began to mate.)
We released them all and cheered as they took flight.
One little guy stuck around and checked out some of our wildflowers before heading on his merry way.