|Pre-pupa stage (June 30)|
Compare the two photos above. Do you see how the caterpillar has come away from the branch?
And the next day, what do you think I found? A chrysalis had formed before I knew it. See the picture below.
Chrysalis (July 1)
The chrysalis is brown like the branch to which it is attached. The chrysalis can be either brown like this one or green depending upon its surroundings. The string of silk that you see was spun by the caterpillar and serves as a safety line to hold the chrysalis to the branch. And now the caterpillar is going through many changes inside the chrysalis. It is in the process of becoming an adult butterfly. In 1-2 weeks, the butterfly should begin to emerge, and I will wait patiently.