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monarch pupa? - Danaus plexippus

monarch pupa? - Danaus plexippus
Alum Creek State Park, delaware County, Ohio, USA
September 28, 2009
Is this a Mornarch pupa? Why is it so dark?

Moved from ID Request.

Yes this is a Monarch. I'm no
Yes this is a Monarch. I'm not sure if it's emerging or going bad though. By the look, if it was going to emerge-it would have-or will be soon-like really soon.


I would say...
it is just about ready to emerge. Probably has by now. I took this picture a few years ago. With flash, the chrysalis is almost transparent and you can see the pre-emergent butterfly.

I don't know if it is alive.
If this chrysalis is really that shade of black and the wings are dark like that, I would say it is dead. At that stage, they should look like this:

A Scorpion Fly appeared to be eating it today. Should I frass this image?

I think
this is worth keeping. It shows a ready-to-hatch parasitized chrysalis.

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