Frequently Asked Questions about Butterflies, Moths, and Their Plants
What is a butterfly cocoon?
A butterfly chrysalis (or pupa) is the life stage between caterpillar and adult. The caterpillar becomes a chrysalis. The adult emerges from the chrysalis. Butterflies actually do not make cocoons. Some moth species make cocoons. A cocoon is like a sleeping bag. Inside the cocoon, the moth caterpillar changes into a pupa. After a few weeks or months, the adult moth will emerge. Butterfly = egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, adult. Moth = egg, caterpillar, pupa (sometimes in a cocoon), adult. A cocoon can be carefully cut open and the pupa taken out without harming the pupa.
What are enemies of butterflies?
There are many enemies! Check out this page for photos and more information.