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
Signature: Pat

Swallowtail Chrysalis

Hi Pat,
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.

Location: New Mexico

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