Butterfly Exits Cocoon

I imagine that most people who like birds don’t mind butterflies, so here’s a slideshow I created from photos taken last summer of a butterfly leaving a cocoon.  For over a week I kept the camera and its time lapse device set up outside, through heat and rain, waiting until it broke out of its temporary home… then the actual event lasted only a few minutes!  And because of memory card limitations I could only set the camera to take a photo every 30 seconds – I wish it could’ve been a shorter interval – but I’m still pleased with the few shots I got.

I don’t know the specific name of this butterfly but I’ve definitely seen it before.

Butterfly Leaving Cocoon 1Butterfly Leaving Cocoon 2

Butterfly Leaving Cocooon 3

Butterfly Leaving Cocoon 4

After the butterfly left the cocoon it crawled into some potato plant leaves and you can see that it dripped a dark fluid that looks like blood (but of course isn’t).  Apparently it’s a waste product that doesn’t come from their wings as I had first assumed but from their abdomen, being released after chrysalis, the cocoon stage.

ButterflyThe butterfly never opened its wings for me so I didn’t get that photo.  And I wish I knew the name of this butterfly!  Please comment if you have any idea.  Thanks and I hope everyone is having a terrific summer!

13 responses

  1. brandonartblog

    Wow! Can’t say I know what kind of butterfly that is but good thing it’s not a moth. What luck to find it so close to home.

    July 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  2. That’s a brilliant bit of photography. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    August 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

  3. That is amazing! Thank you, I have never seen that happen..

    August 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

  4. So interesting….nice shots!

    November 29, 2013 at 2:08 am

  5. Laura Hilger

    This is really cool!

    December 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  6. How nice!

    December 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  7. Judy, my guess is that it’s a Mourning Cloak butterfly.
    See http://flandrumhill.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/butterflies-in-winter/ and http://flandrumhill.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/parting-butterfly-kiss/
    Let me know if you agree.

    April 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    • Definitely looks like it. Thanks so much Amy-Lynn!

      April 2, 2014 at 3:03 am

  8. Not everyone has a chance to see that, I can now honestly say that I have. Thanks, Judy.

    October 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

  9. Abby

    Black swallowtail I think.

    August 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

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