All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

Notice how the butterfly hangs onto the empty chrysalis. The huge abdomen flips down and the butterfly crawls around so its head points up. The wings are still damp and wrinkled. The <em>probosis</em> (tube-like mouth) is in two parts when the butterfl...
Notice how the butterfly hangs onto the empty chrysalis. The huge abdomen flips down and the butterfly crawls around so its head points up. The wings are still damp and wrinkled. The probosis (tube-like mouth) is in two parts when the butterfly first emerges. The butterfly will drip a few drops of red liquid upon emerging; it is not blood, it is called meconium and is the leftover fluid and tissues from the metamorphosis. I tell my students if they hadn't gone to the bathroom for 2 weeks, they'd have to go pretty badly too!

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