The chrysalis stage! Over the past week, the caterpillars have been transforming into a chrysalis. It was very important to wait for the chrysalis to become hard before moving them to ensure they do not get damaged. The chrysalis stage is one of the coolest stages of a butterfly’s life. As soon as a caterpillar has finished growing and they have reached their full length/weight, they form themselves into a chrysalis. From the outside of the chrysalis, it looks as if the caterpillar may just be resting, but the inside is where all of the action is. Inside of the chrysalis, the caterpillar is rapidly changing. Now, as most people know, caterpillars are short, stubby and have no wings at all. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called ‘metamorphosis,’ to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. Tissue, limbs and organs of a caterpillar have all been changed by the time the chrysalis is finished and is now ready for the final stage of a butterfly’s life cycle.
How long do you predict it will take for the butterflies to emerge?
Can you produce your own life cycle of a caterpillar and explain the different stages?
What do you think the butterflies will look like? Draw and colour you own butterfly and see if you are correct when they emerge.
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