Freaky Deaky: Video Of A Monarch Caterpillar Forming Its Chrysalis

August 30, 2017

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This is a video of a monarch caterpillar forming its chrysalis in anticipation of metamorphosing into a beautiful butterfly. It's weird how all its stripes come off. You know, I wish I could hang out in a cocoon for two weeks straight and emerge a butterfly. Unfortunately, I can't, although I did zip myself up in a sleeping bag for over 60 hours once with nothing but a bag of Bugles and an empty Gatorade bottle (wide mouth) to pee in. Sadly, I did not emerge a butterfly, just a really dehydrated version of myself with Bugle fingers.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Matt M, who's convinced if you zoom out far enough to view the circle of life from a distance, it might actually be a ballsack. I have no clue what that means but I believe it.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I wonder what it's like to have your own head explode out of your head. It's gotta be strange.

  • Maggie Ahrens

    Honestly, it's like it rolled up into it's own accordion-fold neck skin.

  • Andyman7714

    *munch*munch*munch* Hey Harry check out this...Harry? Harry!!!

  • Insects, like deep sea creatures, are aliens.

  • Careful, some commentators shit their pants when you joke about that... ;-)

  • Jenness

    I agree.

  • Darren McCoy

    I wonder if it remembers being a caterpillar?

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    I know you should never take a question asked on the internet seriously, but some can. http://www.npr.org/template...

  • Jenness

    That was mighty sporting of you to do the heavy clicking for the rest of us. *tips her wee little hat*

  • reave

    Thanks, Titty McNipplefondler.

  • Bling Nye

    Pretty cool, they literally turn to goo on the inside as everything rearranges before coalescing in the new form. Interesting too seeing the chitinous parts kind of just ball up and fall off. Neat!

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