Monthly Archives: May 2016

Time-Lapse Video: Painted Lady Caterpillar Making a Pupa

This time-lapse photography shows a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly caterpillar shedding its skin for the last time to pupate into a chrysalis. This is part of the metamorphosis that butterflies undergo during their development. In another 10 days or so, it will eclose (emerge) as a beautiful adult butterfly.

Video Copyright © 2016 by Wendy Kindred Holt. Used with permission. Thanks, Wendy!

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Be the Butterfly

You have the power to be the butterfly.

Be a Butterfly

Male Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly nectaring on Lantana (Lantana spp.). • “No matter how strongly the caterpillar in you clings to the leaf, remember it is within you to be a butterfly.”

Plant Milkweed, Save a Monarch

Plant Milkweed! Save a Monarch!

Plant Milkweed

Female Monarch (Danaus plexippus) nectaring on yellow Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). • “Plant Milkweed! Save a Monarch!”