Cocoon and Metamorphosis
I found a cocoon on a bush with hardly any
leaves. The cocoon was light tan in color. I put it in my bug
case and brought it inside to watch. The next morning it began
moving and soon I could see what was inside. It came out of half
the cocoon and stopped. A couple of days later it came out the
rest of the way. Now it is a dark reddish brown color, but it
still appears to be a cocoon - is this possible?
Once the butterfly or moth comes out of the cocoon, It will sit there for a
bit to dry it's wings before it tries to fly. The cocoon will still be left
there and will eventually dry and darken!
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Update: June 2012