The words cocoon and chrysalis are often used interchangeably when talking about monarchs and other
Does a caterpillar make a cocoon or a chrysalis?
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.
What comes first cocoon or chrysalis?
One day, the caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth.
What’s the difference between a chrysalis and a chrysalis?
So a pupa is an insect in a stage of transformation; pupae is the plural of pupa; the pupa life stage is called the pupal stage; chrysalis is the correct name to use for a moth pupa or a butterfly pupa; chrysalises is the plural of chrysalis; cocoon is the name to use for the outer layer that protects a pupa or