We Have Pupation!

(it’s not as dirty as it sounds, I promise!)

I stopped to pick up some fresh milkweed for Chubs on my way home from work this evening, but when I  got home, he was fairly stationary on the underside of a leaf.  Since that usually means pupation is near, I set up my camera to document the process:

Here he is on the underside of the milkweed leaf:

If you look closely, you can see a white blob by his back feet- that’s the silk pad that will help hold him onto the leaf.  You’ll also notice that his hind legs are starting to let go of the leaf, and his front section is starting to become a translucent green.

I didn’t actually see him drop, but here he is hanging upside down.

And a close-up of his attachment point.

According to what I’ve read online, he should stay like this for about 24 hours and then will begin his transformation!  Look at Chubs in his perfect little J!  Hard to imagine but sometime tomorrow he will become a bright green crysalis!

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