Subject: Moth Chrysalis
Location: Boulder, CO
March 20, 2016 3:03 pm
We found a chrysalis tucked away in a lonely shoe about 3-4 months ago (Sept or Oct). A friend had left her leather dancing shoe under our couch, and when I picked it up, out fell this little guy. It was attached up near the toe by two silk anchors.
Sadly he fell quite a ways, I’m rather tall so he got the brunt of a 3 foot drop to our hardwood. The Chrysalis is currently hanging in a mason jar with ventilation, but I’m rather curious for more information about it. Thank you for your time!
This chrysalis belongs to a butterfly, not a moth. We believe it is a Swallowtail Chrysalis. Most Swallowtails produce upright chrysalides, that are held in that position by a silken girdle. This Tiger Swallowtail Chrysalis from BugGuide looks similar.