The Mahou Blog

April 7, 2012

Caterpillars’ bodies “melt” almost completely before morphing into butterflies in the chrysalis

Filed under: Uncategorized — mahou @ 6:32 pm

In order for the change from a caterpillar to a butterfly to take place within the pupa, the caterpillar begins releasing enzymes that literally digest nearly all of its own body.  What’s left inside the chrysalis is mostly just a very nutrient rich soup from which the butterfly will begin to form.

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