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Camouflaged chrysalis

Hardly noticeable at all

Hardly noticeable at all

The swallowtail caterpillar (Bert) who’s been living in a jam jar has turned into a chrysalis.

I didn’t see the brief moment when he shed his caterpillar skin, but the skin itself is a little discarded puddle in the bottom of the jar.

I’d given him some sticks to attach to and was amazed to see that although he was green when he entered his new phase, in twenty-four hours he’d taken on the colour of the sticks.

Now I need to wait for him to become a butterfly and work out how to contain him when he first emerges without doing any damage.

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