Butterfly chrysalids

Title Info
Common name Butterfly Chrysalids
Scientific name Lepidoptera
Taxonomic group Insecta
Level Order
Source Dan L. Perlman
Selection and adaptations Selection; Coloration; Variation
Coloration Camouflage
Selection Morphology
Organisms Animals
Animals Insects
Lessons Biodiversity
Location Costa Rica,North America

Variation among butterfly chrysalids, Costa Rica. About a dozen different species are represented in this box of farm-raised chrysalids. The box has been packed for export to a butterfly garden in Europe or the US. Note the variety of leaf and twig mimics that these diverse species have evolved. Since the chrysalis or pupa stage is a time when the creature cannot move, good camouflage is an excellent trait to possess.