Spend a moment in our Butterfly Rainforest with Ryan talking about pupa—the stage where caterpillars transform into butterflies and months. Did you know that only moths make cocoons? And some moths don’t even do that!

A butterfly caterpillar will become a chrysalis, which is just the insect with a hard exterior. They do not build cocoons of silk and plant matter. Instead they take on colors and shapes that camouflage them in their surroundings. You can see chrysalis and cocoons in our Rearing Lab when you visit.

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