The Caterpillar Lab fosters greater appreciation and care for the complexity and beauty of our local natural history through live caterpillar educational programs, research initiatives, and photography and film projects. We believe that an increased awareness of one’s local environment is the foundation on which healthy and responsible attitudes towards the broader natural systems of this world is built.

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THE CATERPILLAR LAB VIDEO RESOURCES

BEHAVIOR

When a caterpillar pupates, it sheds off its final layer of caterpillar skin. After shedding, its body is no longer in its larva (caterpillar) stage. The creature has become a pupa! In butterfly species, the pupa is called a chrysalis. For more detailed information about pupation, please:

 

TCL Original Videos • Accomanying Narratives •  TCL Pupation FAQs and Teaching Guide 

Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

What happens to a cocoon-spinning caterpillar’s body once it’s inside its cocoon? Watch this video to find out!  Click the link below the video for a detailed explanation of what’s happening here.

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Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

How do butterfly caterpillars pupate? Check out this example of the process!  Click the link below the video for a detailed explanation of what’s happening here.

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Buck Moth (Hemileuca lucina)

How does a spiny caterpillar look when it pupates? Watch this video and see!  Click the link below the video for a detailed explanation of what’s happening here.

 

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Regal Moth (Citheronia regalis)

What happens when one of the world’s largest caterpillars pupates? See for yourself in the video below!  Click the link below the video for a detailed explanation of what’s happening here.

 

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