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Monday, October 10, 2011

Butterfly Update

Our caterpillars are finally in their pupa stage. After eating and eating, they grow to full size and climb to the highest place in their small containers. When they are ready to become a chrysalis, they hang from the top in the shape of a "J." A day or so later they transform into a pupa, where big changes take place.
To transfer the chrysalides into the butterfly habitat, we carefully open the caterpillar container and peel of the tissue paper.
The caterpillar has used a silky thread to attach itself to the tissue paper.
Our chrysalides hanging in the butterfly habitat.
We tape each chrysalis to the side of the habitat and let it hang as it would in nature.
The word chrysalis comes from the Greek word "chrysos," which means gold.