Vol. 15 No. 2
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" - Aristotle
In this issue...
From the Family Butterfly Book
the Family Butterfly Book
Did you know: Many Native tribes referred to butterflies as "flying flowers" because of their wonderful, often iridescent colors.
Aristotle's fellow Greeks demonstrated their appreciation of butterflies by coining the word chrysalis, which is Greek for "gold".
The caterpillar's body has thirteen segments. Because its skin doesn't stretch, the creature must shed the skin, or molt, several times as it grows. Each stage of growth is called an instar.
The caterpillar's final instar produces the chrysalis. A caterpillar spins silk and creates a chrysalis with the help of spinnerets on its mouth. Then, inside the chrysalis, occurs the remarkable transformation known as metamorphosis.
The cremaster is the silken pad that attaches the chrysalis to a stem, twig, or other firm surface.
tips: If you have a stack of firewood on your property, check
every log before pitching it into your fireplace or woodstove. The woodpiles
offer a safe haven for chrysalises and overwintering adults; in fact,
many pupae look surprisingly like a knot of wood and can be easily overlooked.
Help save innocent lives!