I SEE A…METAMORPHOSIS!
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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.
PHOTOS: Journey North, Lynn Rosenblatt (images 2 and 3), Susannah Alle