Subject: Caterpillar looks like bear
Location: Khon Sawan, Chaiyaphum, Thailand
December 10, 2016 5:09 am
Found this stuck to a vertical white wall outside our rural house in the shade of an air con unit, today 9th Dec 2016. It rolled up into this tight shape and stayed that way until we put it back and left it. Any ideas what this could be?
Signature: Thanks, Andrew
Thank you so much for including multiple view of different angles of this Chrysalis. After the caterpillar stage, butterflies and moths enter the pupal stage and the pupa of a butterfly is known as a Chrysalis. We feel very confident that this is a Butterfly Chrysalis, and we suspect it is in the Brush Footed Butterfly family Nymphalidae. We will contact Keith Wolfe who is an expert in the early stages of development of butterflies to see if he recognizes the species.
Keith Wolfe supplies an identification:
Sawasdee Andrew and Daniel,
This is a Rose (Pachliopta) swallowtail chrysalis, most likely a Common Rose (P. aristolochiae) given its appearance and that species’ widespread abundance in Thailand. Here is more information from Singapore . . .
. . . where it outvoted five other candidates last year to become the national butterfly.