METAMORPHOSIS ~ met·a·mor·pho·sis “Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal’s body structure through cell growth and differentiation.” —WIKIPEDIA
The outside of the chrysalis is actually clear so what you see is the green “pupa” inside. As the pupa changes from the body parts of a caterpillar into the body parts of a butterfly, you can see a definite color change inside the chrysalis. When it’s ready to make its way into the world, the chrysalis color will turn brown, yellow and orange.
Children and adults watch with wonder and excitement as the caterpillar makes its final shed and becomes a beautiful Chrysalis! The VIDEO demonstrates this crucial moment in the life of the monarch butterfly!
VIDEOGRAPHER Christina McKinney
The CREMASTER is the little stem-like appendage that reaches out from under the crumpled skin to connect with the silk button. It holds the chrysalis safely through wind and rainstorms, performing an amazing “high-wire” feat. The caterpillar actually lets go – and then grabs hold – Catching this on film was awesome – one of the best videos I have seen!!!
PHOTO: Holli Webb Hearn
PHOTO: Dr. Lincoln Brower