What was inside this chrysalis has flown. Yes, I do have pictures of the beauty that emerged from within, dried its wings and took first flight, and those pictures will follow. This post is a precursor to draw attention to the beauty that a chrysalis is!
Contrary to popular belief butterfly caterpillars do not form cocoons. It is moth caterpillars who spin protective cocoons of silk. When a butterfly caterpillar is fully grown it spins a silk pad, called a cremaster, at its abdominal end which it uses to fasten itself to a stalk or twig. As it molts for the fifth and last time, the outer skin hardens and becomes the chrysalis, a protective covering for the transforming butterfly inside.
Here I want to particularly draw attention to the fine band of silken thread which the caterpillar has slung around its mid-section and the leaf stalk to hold it in place. So even if the pupa gets accidentally detached it will still have a lifeline of support. Just think about it – no teachers, no mentors, no gurus, no SOPs, only instinct to guide it along on its beautiful journey!
– Narendra Nayak © 2018