FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Butterflies, Moths, and Their Plants

Silk Moth Pupa Removed From Cocoon

Silk Moth Pupa Removed From Cocoon

Question:
What is a butterfly cocoon?
Answer:
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.

Spider & Sleepy Orange Butterfly

Spider & Sleepy Orange Butterfly

Question:
What are enemies of butterflies?
Answer:
There are many enemies! Check out this page for photos and more information.

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