Monarch chrysalis with black specks

Asked August 30, 2018, 11:41 AM EDT

Good morning, One of our monarch chrysalis has developed black specks. We are worried this may be a bad sign. Do you happen to know what this means? Thank you, Kirsten

Wright County Minnesota

1 Response

I couldn't find anything specific about black spots on the chrysalis. I spoke with a friend who has raised monarchs for the Monarch Lab at the U of MN for years and she said it's not normal, but to wait and see. Diseases usually prevent your monarch from making a chrysalis at all. You may want to consider separating it from other monarchs if you have them, just in case.