Problems with butterflies emerging from chrysalis

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    Mitch reports (in another post)

    "Help anyone. I have had trouble the last two days with butterflies that hatch then won`t hang on. I had 6 yesterday and only managed to save two. I had four today and only saved one. What could be the problem? I am very distressed about this."


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    this might be superfluous after the ref to Oe. Just a thought, almost sounds like central nervous system problem. Do the wings develope normally and do they fly ok?
    Possibility that they or a plant they have been on has been exposed to drift from agricultural spray, though probably you are on the ball with diagnosis of Oe. Bill



    Ophryocystis elektroscirrha:

    I had this a few years ago and vowed never to try and raise so many. But let’s hope it’s “humidity” and not Oe.



    Another thought, Mitch (after my phone call to you) is a disease called Oe. If you go to our home page and search on “Ophryocystis elektroscirrha” I think you will find some references to it. Also, and also

    The problem with raising lots of Monarchs is that we can easily have a build up of something “bad” which of course spreads as quickly as nits in a playcentre. More Monarchs, more likelihood of problems. There are other diseases, parasites, pathogens etc too…

    I hope I’m not the bearer of bad tidings. But I think humidity could be the first thing to try. If it’s too hot they may be drying out too quickly. I would try spraying them with a mister, water…


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