Handling Pupae

When butterflies form a chrysalis, either one of two things happen.  Either they emerge within a week or two or they go into hibernation (diapause) during the winter months or dry season. 

If you only have one or a few pupae that have diapaused, it is best to construct and place it in an emergence container and overwinter it.  Please see our Overwintering Techniques page for instructions. 

If they belong to a butterfly group where they will emerge immediately, place them in the same emergence container.

The photos below comprise a short slide show on butterflies getting ready to emerge from their chrysalis.