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Monarch Caterpillar transformation


Posted by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:04 am

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This was taken indoors in my caterpillar/butterfly aquarium. The caterpillar first glued itself to a stick, then wriggled in a "j" form for 8-10 hours. Finally it went limp -straightened out, and withing 4 minutes made this remarkable transformation into a chrysalis. This picture shows how it split it's skin and is about half-way into the process. The whole process can be seen in a video here:
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I have the utmost respect for these creatures and their journey-I am still amazed at what I saw and look forward to the new birth. This caterpillar was in my yard- it lived indoors for only a day before getting to this stage.
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by Craig Lipski on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:13 am
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Very cool! Personally, I’d crop a bit from the top to remove the machined lumber and just leave the natural looking twig if I were going to print, but here it just contributes to your narrative. Great shot!
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:42 am
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Craig Lipski wrote:
Very cool!  Personally, I’d crop a bit from the top to remove the machined lumber and just leave the natural looking twig if I were going to print, but here it just contributes to your narrative.  Great shot!

Thanks Craig. The other piece of wood is just a stick of bamboo-not really machined, though it may look that way.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:44 am
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P.S. Forgot to mention I did clone out some green tape that was supporting the stick....
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by Mike in O on Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:23 am
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Fun...used to put Mourning Cloak caterpillars butterflies into jars to watch the transformation when I was a kid.
 

by Ron Day on Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:40 pm
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Cindy, wonderful job of capturing the transformation. Very informative, and can't wait to see the Monarch.
 

by Carol Clarke on Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:53 pm
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I just watched your video in the video forum, fascinating and it looks like an incredible effort for the caterpillar! Well done on all counts, Cindy!

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by cwdavis on Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:27 pm
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This is a very neat project, Cindy,
Many thanks for sharing, especially the video. It's hard to believe that the caterpillar is literally digesting itself as it shortens and forms the chrysalis, yet a beautiful adult will eventually emerge!
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by Tom Whelan on Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:24 pm
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Beautiful image - what an exciting moment!
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by rhighercat on Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:01 pm
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Beautiful image and a great story. The video shows this incredible process of transformation. I am surprised it didn't fall off the stick through this laborious process! Looking forward to more.
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:21 am
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rhighercat wrote:
Beautiful image and a great story. The video shows this incredible process of transformation. I am surprised it didn't fall off the stick through this laborious process! Looking forward to more.


Thanks! I guess they use pretty good "glue". :)  It reminds me of spider web.
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by Swissblad on Sat Aug 31, 2019 7:45 pm
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Lovely image and amazing video documentary.

Look forward to seeing the butterflies emerge next spring.
 

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