How to Tell if a Swallowtail Chrysalis Alive or Dead

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How can I tell if my swallowtail butterfly chrysalis (pupa, cocoon) is alive?
This question is a common one. A swallowtail chrysalis may stay in that stage for many months. Swallowtail butterflies overwinter as chrysalises. If you are wondering if your swallowtail butterfly chrysalis is alive, this video is for you!

The proper term for the stage between a caterpillar and adult butterfly is either chrysalis or pupa. A cocoon is a 'nest' made by some species of moth caterpillars before they change into a pupa.