A Cocoon and a Chrysalis are Not the Same Thing

Myth: a cocoon and a chrysalis are the same thing.  In fact, the chrysalis is a butterfly pupa, which is a hard skin which appears after the caterpillar’s final shedding of its skin when it’s attached to a leaf via a silk pad spun by the caterpillar.  A cocoon is just a constructed silk casing used by moths and certain other types of insects.

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