Butterfly House at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. One of the better ones I’ve been in!
Visited the museum for this post December 2016, desperately need to go back (yes, I have been there again since, but still).
Fun fact: when I first started raising butterflies, I looked back to this post to see how they had hung their chrysalids to figure out how in the heck to do it myself. I couldn’t figure it out so I developed my own method. But now that I know what I’m doing, I can tell you: that cord the chrysalids are hanging off is probably silk, and they have probably wrapped the silk mats the caterpillars laid down around the cord. So simple! Either that, or they used a super secret butterfly glue I don’t know about because I’m not in the Butterfly Blood Brotherhood.
Reposting July 9, 2019
@xbainekox Human skin is a great barrier, and it protects is from all sorts of nasty stuff, but other animals are much more sensitive. Superglue contains some extremely toxic organic solvents, which could very quickly absorb through the chrysalis skin and harm the developing butterfly.
There is a TEENY TINY part of the chrysalis, called the cremaster, which is the thick sturdy part that hooks onto the silk pad (it’s the “stem” part). I think this could safely be glued, and if folks are using superglue, they are doing it here. I’d just be so worried I’m screwing up, and the chrysalids I’m hanging do not have well-defined cremasters!
The method I use now works well enough, and nobody is ever in danger.
July 10, 2019