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Jul 28, 2010 2:54 PM

Is my peacock butterfly pupa still alive?

Peacock butterfly caterpillars (black, spiky) recently infested our golden hop. Since the plant is vigorous, we let the caterpillars be. After they had grown to full size, all abruptly departed to form pupas in unknown locations. All but one, which I caught in a jar.

The reason I'm writing is to check if it's still alive. It changed into a pupa on 14 July, which was initially light green. It's now two weeks later, and it's more of a pale khaki colour. It doesn't move when touched. The jar was never sealed.

How long does it normally take to complete metamorphosis? Any way of confirming whether it's alive or dead? My daughter (3) is getting very impatient.

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