3 Chrysalises, Cocoons, and Pupae

Chrysalises, cocoons, and pupae! What are they? How do I take care of them?

Butterflies and moths go through four stages of life; egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult.

A butterfly pupa (the stage between the caterpillar and adult) is called either a pupa or a chrysalis. A butterfly doesn’t make a cocoon.  Some species of moths make cocoons.

A moth pupa is called a pupa. Some moth caterpillars make cocoons out of silk that comes from their spinnerets. Spinnerets are beneath their heads. Inside the cocoon, the caterpillar changes into a pupa.

Some moth caterpillars will sew a couple of leaves together and pupate into a pupa inside the leaves.

Yet other moth caterpillars will crawl into a mass of leaves on the ground and pupate into a pupa under the leaves.

Other moth caterpillars will work their way into the soil and pupate into a pupa underground.