The Chrysalis’ Story

Here you can see he’s getting angular. Clearly something is going on inside. I’ll paraphrase from this gory article. Enzymes are digesting the caterpillar! Inside him are embryonic-type cells growing called “imaginal disks.” One imaginal disk will become, for example, a wing; a butterfly has 4 wings. There are imaginal disks that form the legs, antennae, and other parts.

Inside this thing, until a few days ago, was a — yuck — “bag of rich fluid media” that the cells started growing on. He has been getting shorter.

“The entire internal contents of the caterpillar — the muscles, the entire digestive system, even the heart…the nervous system — is totally rebuilt. It’s like you took your…Ford into the shop and left it there for a week and it came out as a Cadillac.

What’s nerve racking is the black line at top. I can’t tell if it’s a discoloration or an open slit. There are parasites that bore a hole, but I’ve read nothing about a slit.

I add this shot because it shows a little better that the dots along the slit are an exquisite gold that goes beautifully with the chrysalis’ green.

The nail biter continues, folks. I do hope he’s still alive in there, parasite-free. This is why we don’t watch nature shows. Who can take the anxiety?

It won’t be long now, either way. We’ll know by Friday, you and I.

About uppervalleygirl

Columnist, bloggist, short storyist, essayist, novel-in-progressist.

Posted on August 30, 2021, in cosmic, ecology, humor, nature, personal, rural, Science. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I LERV the slit! I have never seen one! Please DO continue to photograph this intense metamorphosis! I’m so excited. A creature of miracles and beauty!

    • Insanely, ANOTHER phat caterpillar showed up today and is now hanging in the “J” in another jar…so if Subject #1 fails (the slit), I’ve got backup for you! Surely one of them will t r a n s f o r m. So glad you are digging this.

  2. Perfect metaphor for these strange tymes.

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