The Pupa

Me and Kaitlyn met at the nature center at East Harbor State Park. We watched a monarch caterpillar that was J-shaped at the top of a cage. First we waited a long time.

Then it started peeling its skin off. The skin came off from a crack in its head. It wiggled and waggled. Underneath the skin was a pupa. It was green and as long as a worm but fatter.  The caterpillar skin shrinked up and then it fell off. The pupa was fully made.

caterpillar on milkweedmonarch caterpillar metamorphasis

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Later that evening we saw its chrysalis.

I really like the nature center. I learned that when dragonflies are made, the larva eats baby mosquitoes. They shed their skin and then they come out as a grown up dragonfly.

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Posted on September 5, 2011, in Homeschool, Science, Travel and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. In kindergarten, my class watched monarchs develop from larvae to butterflies. I enjoy the process just as much now as I did then.

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