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Metamorphosis Clarification

I misworded part of the most recent post on caterpillar molting.  For clarification purposes, both butterflies and moths undergo complete metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, adult. Butterfly pupae are inside a chrysalis, moths inside cocoons!  A butterfly molts for the final time, revealing a chrysalis (containing a pupa).  A moth caterpillar spins a cocoon before pupating inside it. (Note shed Monarch caterpillar skin/exoskeleton at top of chrysalis.)

4 responses

  1. Alice

    Awesome photo!

    July 27, 2019 at 12:53 pm

  2. Alice

    Do you know if, by looking at a caterpillar, you can tell if it’s male or female?

    July 27, 2019 at 4:31 pm

  3. Hi Alice,
    Almost impossible with most caterpillars as their reproductive organs don’t develop until they’re in the pupal stage.

    July 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

  4. Alice

    Oh, thank you! What a fun photo of all the Monarch Caterpillars, I sent you! Fortunate Caterpillars! More Monarchs! I’ve learned so much the past two weeks. Mommy Monarch was here this morning, afternoon & evening. Healthy environment for her to lay, she must know!

    July 27, 2019 at 6:17 pm

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