Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Here you see two stages in the formation of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly….an escape of sorts is in the works!  🙂

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To escape predators, the Gulf Fritillary’s chrysalis resembles a piece of wood or decaying leaf.  After the caterpillar pupates into this odd looking arrangement, it takes 6-8 days to escape in the form of a butterfly.

24 hours before hatching, the chrysalis will start to darken.

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Escape is imminent!!

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For more on Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, check out the University of Florida fact sheet.  To see how other bloggers define escape, click on the Zemanta related links below!

Until next time…..

🙂 🙂 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

    • Me either!
      I double checked that little tidbit of info before committing it to the screen. It seemed too quick….but it’s not!
      I swear, between reading other blogs and writing a few posts each week, I’ve really learned TONS about so many different topics.

  1. I’ve always been fascinated with the hard work and dedication a caterpillar has to have to become a butterfly. And then, even when they’re out, they have to hang upside down and dry out. Seems like a lot of life is like that. Thanks so much for the ping and for discovering you.

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  5. Fun and informative post. Fritillary is one of my favorite kinds of butterflies. Your photos of it’s caterpillar and moth are charming. 🙂

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