Orange-tip butterfly chrysalis

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The Orange-tip butterfly, Anthocharis cardamines, caterpillars reared from collected eggs are beginning to pupate.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I see any caterpillar undergo this extraordinary change it never ceases to amaze me.

Having selected a suitable structure from which to hang the caterpillar secures itself by spinning a silk girdle before transforming itself into a wonderfully cryptic chrysalis. Read more information on Orange-tips.

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