Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada


Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon chrysalis
Explanation of Names
From Greek chrysalis, something golden, from chrysos, gold.
chrysalis noun, or chrysalid, plural chrysalises - the pupa (resting, transformative stage) of a butterfly. A chrysalis is usually not covered with silk--it is more or less naked--that is, there is no covering of silk (cocoon) as in many moths. The attachment point, if present, of the chrysalis to a surface is called the cremaster.

Some examples of chrysalises:
See Also
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 191 (1)
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.