Living With Metamorphosis


Chrysalis of a Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

On the 4th of July Weekend (2015) I spied this tiny Limenitis chrysalis dangling from stinging nettles. It is unusual both for its small size and nettle is not a reported as host of either Viceroy or Red Spotted Purple butterflies. I brought it home and allowed the adult to emerge. It was a Red Spotted Purple but the adult was smaller than is typical. I don’t think it was feeding on the nettle. It might have dropped from a nearby black cherry and unable to return to its feeding site, pupated to an adult.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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