05
Aug
10

molting

I read in one of the books that I got from the library that caterpillars molt 4 times while they are growing.  This morning when I was checking on all my caterpillars, I found a molted skin on a leaf by a small caterpillar.  The book said that the caterpillar will then eat the old skin for it’s nutrients, and after checking just now, I see that the skin is gone.

I took the next two pictures yesterday because I thought it was interesting that I could see the outline of the butterfly developing inside the chrysalis.  They turned black during the evening and I had two more butterflies this morning.

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