Mystery Chrysalis CONTEST…Can you guess what am I am?

If a predator were to look closely at you, they might see the outlines of your wings, antennae or abdomen. They might even see
that you are an immobile butterfly in the making.
Defenses are few for a strung up statue…

-K. D’Angelo (from Butterfly Dimension)

Be the first to correctly identify which species of butterfly this chrysalis will become and WIN a set of 4 assorted Butterfly Note Cards!
(Spots of Color shown above).  Each signed by Award Winning Artist, Lorac
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To enter the contest, leave us a comment with your “best guess”.  You will find the “comments” link at the top of this blog post and good luck!

Contest Ended  Midnight, June 30, 2010

The answer to the Mystery Chrysalis is shown below…

I am a Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) Buttterfly…. One of Mother Nature’s many wonderful mysteries set aflutter.

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5 Responses to Mystery Chrysalis CONTEST…Can you guess what am I am?
  1. pipevine
    January 21, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Jan 21, 2013


    Thank you! Your photographs are beautiful and they will help me identify the eggs of the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. When and where did you take these photographs? Somewhere in California? During what month?

    I wonder; during what months do the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly’s eggs develop? Have the butterflies completed their life cycle by September, October, November or DecemberIn the cool neighborhoods near the coast in the San Francisco Bay Area of California? The answer to this question will help me plan when to do seasonal pruning and grooming of my California Native garden, so as not to disturb any eggs or overwintering larvea.

    I continue to hope that the Dutchman’s Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly will find my garden and make it home.

    Pipevine Dreamer

    • OWB
      January 21, 2013 | 10:17 am

      Yes, that’s it! it’s the beautiful chrysalis (green version) of a Pipevine Swallowtail Battus philenor
      Thank you for your sweet comment. We take all our own photographs and we are located in Southern California also, Orange County Area. The Pipevine Swallowtails we have here in So Cal are most active in early spring through early summer. Unfortunately, we have not found any eggs in Orange County YET, but we have found eggs while hiking in the local foothills. We also grow Pipevine (native Dutchman’s Pipe) in hopes that someday, yes, someday we will have Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies visiting our backyard garden too! I wish you the best of luck attracting the Pipevine Swallowtails and if you do, please let us know!

  2. taylor
    June 30, 2010 | 10:32 pm

    I think it is an anise swallowtail butterfly.

  3. Ben Bolet
    June 21, 2010 | 10:13 am

    Is this the pupae for a Ariadne merione (Common Castor)?

    • OWB
      June 21, 2010 | 3:20 pm

      Thanks for your guess Ben, but sorry, this chrysalis is not the Ariadne merione (Common Castor). Feel free to guess again!

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