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Shiny bright green Chrysalis in wood pile
Location:  Fairfield, Maine, Somerset County
September 9, 2010 4:34 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found two odd and pretty looking things attached to some logs while splitting wood. I took a few photos for i.d. and moved them to a safer area. Do you know what will come from these? One was loose, but the other was attached by some sort of filaments attached to a black ”thing.” The woodpile was mostly hardwood, maybe a few pine in there. the area was adjacent to a large milkweed field where I had previously seen dozens of Monarch caterpillars feeding…maybe these are monarchs chrysalis? They also look like a cicada’s wings might be inside…
Thank you,
Signature:  James R

Monarch Chrysalis

Hi James,
YOur theory that this is the Chrysalis of a Monarch Butterfly is absolutely correct.

Update
September 10, 2010
Hi Daniel, thanks a lot!
To complete the “story” here are some pics of the caterpillars and an adult, maybe female, that I saw earlier this summer.
Thanks,
James

Monarch Caterpillar

Hi James,
Thanks for rounding out the stages of the Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis for us.  This will also contribute to our Milkweed Meadow tag.

Monarch feeding on Goldenrod

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2 Responses to Monarch Chrysalis

  1. voltron7 says:

    Hi Bugman,

    Sorry to be late, but here are some updates from the same field and adjacent woodpile…
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jreben/5267574288/in/set-72157624369933293/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jreben/5266969993/in/set-72157624369933293/

    I think this was in November/December…

    Best regards,
    James

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