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How many butterflies can be in a cocoon?



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Mindy,

Thanks for your question. In my experience I only have heard of one pupa per cocoon or chrysalis. I would think that insects would prefer to work this way since they really have no defense while they are pupating. If they pupated en masse, when one would be found (by some predator) many would be found and they would all be eaten. If they pupate alone, when one is found, the others which are in different places can still hope for survival.

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Ric (rickru)



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