Dear Mr. Floyd,
I am not sure how I can ask a question of Mr. Clyde Kessler in response to his Oct. 15 blog posting, 2010: Year of the Common Buckeye.
I read in his posting that you too are familiar with this butterfly species. May I please ask some questions which perhaps you or Mr. Kessler can answer?
Because of their great numbers this summer, I “discovered” the Buckeye life cycle ALL OVER our rural property. They were even pupating on car tires, door, and window jambs which I needed to close. I could no longer abide the repeated sight of stink bugs sucking from the chrysalises (under my nose) so I have reared caterpillars and chrysalises (in separate containers) indoors for weeks now. I am distraught to learn that Buckeyes cannot overwinter here in any life cycle stage!!! I live in Bedford County, Virginia. What should I do with the 10 chrysalises I still have on hand, 3 indoors, 7 outdoors…all in containers? The two nights we experienced frost here I brought the 7 outdoor chrysalises inside for the night. I am concerned if they mature and emerge they will not be able to 1. fly to migrate, 2. will encounter freezing night temperatures on the way. Is there a way to suspend the maturation of these 10 by keeping them in my frig until spring? What do you suggest I do with them?
Thank you for your time and ANY advice/suggestions you have to offer.