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Monarch butterfly chrysalis casing

Danaus plexippus

Description:

A Monarch butterfly chrysalis casing attached to the outside of a classroom window, near a planting of Scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Photo 1 of 3 is a copy of the original photograph, cropped to highlight the chrysalis. Photo 2 of 3 was annotated to highlight the chrysalis; Photo 3 of 3 is the original photograph.

Habitat:

The Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. Related Resource: http://www.fcps.edu/HollinMeadowsES/

Notes:

I observed Monarch butterfly caterpillars (larvae) feeding on Scarlet milkweed plants during late August through early September 2010. Sometime later, during the pupal stage of its life, one of the caterpillars created a chrysalis on a classroom window in order to transform from larva to adult. I discovered the empty casing after the adult Monarch butterfly had emerged from its chrysalis.

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6 Comments

Geodialist
Geodialist 7 years ago

Yes, the chrysalis casing is attached to the outside of the window. I never noticed the chrysalis until gardeners pruned some very tall plants growing in front of the window.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Its my mistake.... I just checked again that Pupa is stuck to Glass right...

Geodialist
Geodialist 7 years ago

Refer to the "Notes" that I just added for the spotting, Ashish.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

I just want to know.. Is that casing is planted to help Juvenile(caterpillar) stage butterflies to built Pupa..?

Geodialist
Geodialist 7 years ago

I'm not sure what you're asking, Ashish.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Is it a type of breeding work...?

Geodialist
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Geodialist

Hybla Valley, Virginia, USA

Lat: 38.75, Long: -77.07

Spotted on Oct 9, 2010
Submitted on Sep 4, 2011

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