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Bug of the Week: Chrysalises

This week all the caterpillars from the last two weeks have disappeared. But don't be sad, because now they are chrysalises.

The queen butterfly forms within this delicate green structure with gold beading. It looks a lot like the monarch butterfly chrysalis.

I am happy to report the queen butterfly from this chrysalis successfully emerged and flew away.

The orange dog caterpillar formed a chrysalis that would be well camouflaged on the bark of the tree.

This one is still transforming inside.

What about the tobacco hornworm? It has formed a pupa, but it is hard to show you because hornworms pupate in the soil.

Related Activity:  Investigate where butterflies and moths spend the winter.

Different butterflies and moths may spend the winter as eggs, larvae, chrysalises, cocoons or adults. See if you can find some of these.

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