What a difference a day makes. I had no idea it would happen so quickly, but about 24 hours after stringing itself to a branch, one of the caterpillars (#1) had transformed itself into this pupae.
We noticed it last night, right before going to bed and I was almost too excited to go to sleep.
I know it is meant to be camouflage, as it looks like part of the branch or a dried leaf, but it reminds me of so many other things. In the first photo, it looks reptilian, with patterned scales and knobby skin, and its shape even reminds me of a whale. In the second photo, it looks like it has ears, eyes and even a protruding nose; it reminds me of a Horned Owl. Do you see anything else?
If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.