Sunday, June 23, 2013
Monarch Caterpillar Prepares to Become Chrysalis
This Monarch caterpillar is preparing to become a chrysalis, its pupal stage. First it creates a silk "button" to securely attach itself to as it goes through the very inactive chrysalis period.
Now the caterpillar quiets down for a few minutes, and then slowly begins to let all its true and false or pro legs loose from the plant stem.
It very slowly lets its body down and then lets loose with this last leg hold.
It will stay in this position for about 18 hours while its internal body makes significant changes.
This is its last act as a caterpillar. At the end of the 18 hours, its skin will split and a beautiful chrysalis will be revealed.
The next post will show that process.