Caterpillars: Changes Already!

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.

Pupae Stage 

We noticed it last night, right before going to bed and I was almost too excited to go to sleep.

Pupae Stage Face

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.
Author Unknown


  1. Wow - that was fast! I've been following along. Looking forward to the next changes. :)

  2. Totally fascinating! I agree with your descriptions – I can imagine you don't want to leave it for a second knowing it will become something else so fast. – g


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