The Mysterious ‘Bead’

28 May

Yesterday, the boys and their friend Lauren found a mysterious object and bought it in for us (myself and one of dearest friends, Lisa) to observe.

Not knowing where it came from or in what circumstances it was found, we suggested, after rolling it around in our fingers, that it might be bead broken off a chain.

After the children informed us that it was hanging under the trampoline, we wondered if it might instead be a creature of some sort, and promptly stopped touching it.


Looking at it more closely, we thought it looked like the shape of a chrysalis, but struggled to believe it as the object was so gorgeous and silvery black.

I certainly hadn’t imagined a chrysalis would be so beautiful.

Anyway, we agreed that I would take it home and investigate it further.

It turns out, after a little Googling, that it is a chrysalis!

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A gorgeous silvery black pupa

for a very ugly named butterfly –

the Common Crow Butterfly.

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Knowing very little about the care of a pupa, I did know that it needed to hang

so I pulled out my trusty blue tac

(hey, later research said to hot glue it somewhere so blue tac isn’t as ridiculous as it might sound)

and hung it on the plastic leaf in our insect catcher.

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At this point, we haven’t covered it

as our reading said that we have to ensure there is plenty of space for the butterfly’s wings when it emerges

and our covering would provide a cramped environment.

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So now we wait.

How long?

Who knows.

In summery weather, it would be less than 21 days

but who knows in wintery weather.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Hopefully we get to witness a butterfly emerging.


Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Science


3 responses to “The Mysterious ‘Bead’

  1. Petra

    May 28, 2015 at 8:51 am

    How amazing – I’m going to google the butterfly to see what it looks like 🙂

    • Petra

      May 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Just had a look – a polka-dot butterfly that lives quite a few weeks! It is also called the Oleander Butterfly which sounds much nicer.

  2. Mary

    May 28, 2015 at 10:45 am

    We also found exactly the same chrysalis in our backyard a week and a half ago. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see it hatch out. Only found a hole that melted at the very top of the chrysalis. So, keep a close eye on it, it might come out any day. Would love to see what kind of butterfly or moth it is.


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