Chrysalis

April 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

The term chrysalis is derived from the Greek word for gold, χρυσός (chrysós), because of the metallic gold-colouration that is found in the pupae of many butterflies.

A chrysalis (or nympha) is the pupal stage of butterflies. The pupal stage comes after the larval stage and before imago. During the time of pupation the larval structures are broken down, and the adult structures are formed. Pupation may last weeks, months or even years. Pupae are inactive; they have a hard coating and are usually not able to move, which renders them defenseless. Therefore their placement is often concealed.

The chrysalis has the same function as the mask. A metamorphosis must be hidden from view – and behind the mask of the chrysalis, the transformation of an individual can be kept out of view, in secret, disguised (This disguising effect is also ascribed to clouds, see: Clouds)

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