Prepare to pupate

A Hawaiian monarch butterfly caterpillar preparing to pupate.A Hawaiian monarch chrysalis attached to a ti leaf

This Hawaiian monarch butterfly caterpillar was getting ready to pupate. It attached itself to the underside of a ti leaf with a silk pad. Just a few hours later it had molted into the blue-green chrysalis to the left.

Only a small percentage of monarch eggs make it all the way to adulthood, so I hope the geckos don’t get to this one. I’ll keep an eye on it over the next week or so.

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