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Fungus infected Chrysalis by melvynyeo Fungus infected Chrysalis by melvynyeo
A healthy one should look like this Beautiful Chrysalis by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pupa
A chrysalis (Latin chrysallis, from Greek χρυσαλλίς = chrysallís, pl: chrysalides, also known as an aurelia) or nympha is the pupal stage of butterflies. The term is derived from the metallic gold-coloration found in the pupae of many butterflies, referred to by the Greek term χρυσός (chrysós) for gold.

When the caterpillar is fully grown, it makes a button of silk which it uses to fasten its body to a leaf or a twig. Then the caterpillar's skin comes off for the final time. Under this old skin is a hard skin called a chrysalis.

Because chrysalides are often showy and are formed in the open, they are the most familiar examples of pupae. Most chrysalides are attached to a surface by a Velcro-like arrangement of a silken pad spun by the caterpillar, usually cemented to the underside of a perch, and the cremastral hook or hooks protruding from the rear of the chrysalis or cremaster at the tip of the pupal abdomen by which the caterpillar fixes itself to the pad of silk.

Like other types of pupae, the chrysalis stage in most butterflies is one in which there is little movement. However, some butterfly pupae are capable of moving the abdominal segments to produce sounds or to scare away potential predators. Within the chrysalis, growth and differentiation occur. The adult butterfly emerges (ecloses) from this and expands its wings by pumping haemolymph into the wing veins.[6] Although this sudden and rapid change from pupa to imago is often called metamorphosis, metamorphosis is really the whole series of changes that an insect undergoes from egg to adult.

On emerging the butterfly uses a liquid, sometimes called cocoonase, which softens the shell of the chrysalis. Additionally, it uses two sharp claws located on the thick joints at the base of the forewings to help make its way out. Having emerged from the chrysalis, the butterfly will usually sit on the empty shell in order to expand and harden its wings. However, if the chrysalis was near the ground (such as if it fell off from its silk pad), the butterfly would find another vertical surface to rest upon and harden its wings (such as a wall or fence).

Moth pupae are usually dark in color and either formed in underground cells, loose in the soil, or their pupa is contained in a protective silk case called a cocoon.

It is important to differentiate between pupa, chrysalis and cocoon. The pupa is the stage between the larva and adult stages. The chrysalis is a butterfly pupa. A cocoon is a silk case that moths, and sometimes other insects, spin around the pupa.
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Protozerg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really dark... Not in the literal sense, but like it was so close, but got infected. :/

fantastic shot. The fungi remind me of giant hogweed. :P
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Starry-Bat1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The fungi look like snowflakes
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maryjayne530 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool
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funnygirl13 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
what is that
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
As per the title :)
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funnygirl13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
what
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maryjayne530 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

it is a "fungus infected chrysalis". Definition of Chrysalis: (Latin chrysallis, from Greek χρυσαλλίς = chrysallís, pl: chrysalides, also known as an aurelia) or nympha is the pupal stage of butterflies. The term is derived from the metallic gold-coloration found in the pupae of many butterflies, referred to by the Greek term χρυσός (chrysós) for gold.

 

He gives a lot of cool info about his photos in the description :)

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funnygirl13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
ok
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monkey-minded Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
nature is amazing
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Thanks! :)
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