I've been collecting eggs since the end of June - didn't see a single one until then! Was beginning to wonder... I now have 63 chrysalis, 8 healthy releases and 100+ cats. Looks like it might be a good year after all!
I've developed a system that works for me and have learned since my couple little disasters of last year what I can do to avert those problems. Last year I was lucky enough to have all my cats (120+)pupate and eclose as normal/healthy. When I got up this morning, I noticed one of the cats pupating at the top of the screened enclosure; he seemed to be in trouble, so I watched for awhile. His skin split behind the head as normal, but it didn't split all the way - it's as though the chrysalis is wearing a belt - a tight belt. Since I don't allow a whole lot of time to fuss around before having to leave for work, I was unable to do anything about it. Is there anything I can do about it? The chrysalis seemed to be "hardening" as usual; when it's fully done, do you think I could somehow remove the belt and have the butterfly develop normally?