Image: Veronique Brosseau Matossy
Gradually the colorful wings begin to emerge.
When we picture the process, we generally imagine the pupa hanging completely motionless until it’s time for the butterfly to emerge. However, for many species, including the Painted Lady, this is not the case. If you touch it, the pupa is likely to start wiggling and moving around quite vigorously. This is thought to be a deterrent against predators and can be quite startling.