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Caterpillar Gets Into Its Cocoon: VIDEO


YouTuber Jagator2009 captured a Black Swallowtail Butterfly in the caterpillar stage transforming to a cocoon. Apparently they don't waste any time. It's almost September, after all.


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  1. Great video! By the way, tiny nitpicking... a butterfly makes a chrysalis - a moth makes a cocoon.

    Posted by: Gregory | Aug 30, 2013 1:52:52 PM

  2. what were those things that dropped off from the catepillar at the very end?

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 30, 2013 1:55:59 PM

  3. What was the plant they were feeding on that he had so many caterpillars living there?

    Posted by: Jersey | Aug 30, 2013 2:09:32 PM

  4. The things that dropped off were its old skin -- if that's the right word. The whole process is basically shedding the old caterpillar skin revealing the chrysalis skin underneath.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 30, 2013 2:14:54 PM

  5. Beautiful to see!

    Posted by: jason | Aug 30, 2013 2:44:24 PM

  6. Proof of gays as lemmings.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 30, 2013 2:53:15 PM

  7. Jersey, Black Swallowtail caterpillars eat exclusively members of the carrot family like dill and parsley and Queen Anne's Lace, so those are the most likely places you will find them.

    Posted by: Neil | Aug 30, 2013 3:12:25 PM

  8. I think it is getting ready for a migration soon to warmer climates, like the Monarch butterfly that goes to Mexico for the winter? Perhaps that is why it is doing this now?

    Posted by: Gordon | Aug 30, 2013 3:32:24 PM

  9. Swallowtail butterflies of any type don't migrate.

    Posted by: Edward H. Sebesta | Aug 30, 2013 4:58:02 PM

  10. misinformation there. Caterpillar did not get INTO its anything..

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 30, 2013 8:09:06 PM

  11. Nighty-night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite. See you in the Spring!!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 31, 2013 2:20:53 PM

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