How to Tell When Your Caterpillar Will Pupate

How can we tell when a caterpillar is about to pupate?

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar In a Tight J

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
In a Tight J

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar In a LooseJ

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
In a LooseJ

Monarch Caterpillar Pupating Filaments Are Smooth

Monarch Caterpillar Not Ready
Filaments Are Smooth

Monarch Caterpillar Pupating Filaments Are Raggedy

Monarch Caterpillar Ready to Pupate
Filaments Are Raggedy

Monarch Caterpillar Not Ready Skin Still Attached to Body

Monarch Caterpillar Not Ready
Skin Still Attached to Body at Rear

Monarch Caterpillar Ready Skin Not Attached to Body Body Has Dropped In Skin

Monarch Caterpillar Ready Skin Not Attached to Body Body Has Dropped In Skin

Signs Caterpillar is About to Pupate

Signs Caterpillar is
About to Pupate

Signs Caterpillar is About to Pupate

Signs Caterpillar is
About to Pupate

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar Pupating Into a Chrysalis

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
Pupating Into a Chrysalis

Caterpillars of most butterfly species attach themselves to an item and wait nearly a day before pupating into a chrysalis. Many of us sit and watch the J’ing caterpillar for hours, leaving to make a sandwich only to find that it pupated in the five minutes we were in the kitchen.

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