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|When the time comes, our caterpillar goes to find a good place above ground to attach itself. It hangs upside down, curls into a "J", and prepares itself for an amazing transformation. Here is the result, one of the wonders of nature.|
This chrysalid is about 3 cm long.
It was hanging on the back gate of the butterfly garden at Coyote HIlls Regional Park.
Around the fifteenth day, the caterpillar feels a sense of urgency, Its skin is beginning to harden and internal changes are taking place; the miracles of metamorphosis is about to begin, and it is on a timetable. It must find a suitable protected place above the ground, before its hardening skin makes movement impossible.
Having found such a spot, the caterpillar lays down a mat of silk fibers, attaches itself upside down to the mar, curls its body into the shape of a letter "J" and sheds its skin one last time to replace it with a shell covering. During the next nine to fifteen days, extraordinary changes take place within this chrysalis; the leaf chewing caterpillar that disappeared into it emerges as a radiant, nectar-sipping Monarch Butterfly.
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- [2006-09-27 6:20]
So simple yet so effective!
Great work, Manyee!
The details are lovely, the lighting great and the framing excellent.
A very beautiful composition!
Bravo and TFS
A few weeks ago I saw several monarch caterpillars feeding on milkweed plants. I was going back every couple of days waiting for them to convert into chrysalis. No luck or... poor vision. Well, now at least I know how it looks like. Maybe next year...
Very beautiful picture and I like this composition.
Your picture portrays a significant stage in the transformative process of a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly.
It is a deeply educative experience for me.
Thanks for sharing it.
- [2006-09-27 20:56]
Good find,and nice capture.A wonderful photo with excellent DOF and POV.Very nice colours.Very useful notes.TFS