Our Children's Room is currently home to 15 caterpillars - now chrysalides! Check out our photographs below!
The pupa, also known as a chrysalis, is the third stage in the life cycle of a butterfly. During this stage the caterpillars attach themselves to a surface (usually a twig or leaf) and shed their final layer of skin to reveal a hard layer, called a chrysalis.
During this stage you may also see some of the chrysalides moving or swinging back and forth. This is caused by the pupae flexing their abdominal segments. It is a defense mechanism to scare away predators!
Fun Fact: The caterpillars spin a silk pad which they use to attach themselves to a surface before the pupa stage.
See pictures from Stage 2: Caterpillar here.