Like butterfly eggs, butterfly chrysalises can be difficult to find in your garden. Once the caterpillar is finished eating the host plant (about two weeks) it will leave the plant in search of a safe, secluded spot to form the chrysalis.
And caterpillars can be masters of camouflage, disguising their chrysalises by shape or color to match their surroundings making finding chrysalises more difficult for us, and their predators! On this page, you’ll see the shapes, sizes, and colors of butterfly chrysalises.
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- Finding a Chrysalis Hanging Around for the Winter
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- What Happens to Butterflies and Caterpillars in the Winter?
- The Mysteries of a Butterfly’s Life
Learn the difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon.