What Is It?
Location: Albuquerque, NM
February 29, 2012 3:28 pm
found on back of rock in Albuquerque, NM yard couple of months ago
This is the Chrysalis of a Swallowtail Butterfly. Just prior to pupation, the Swallowtail caterpillar spins a silken strand that girdles its body, keeping the chrysalis upright. This is a distinctive identification for most Swallowtails.