Yellow OPY Monarch Pupae Chrysalis

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Orange Pink Yellow OPY Monarch Pupae ~ Danaus plexippus
Monarch caterpillars pupating into yellow chrysalides? Yes! Jodi Hopper, of Wish Upon a Butterfly, discovered these beauties in her Monarchs. She shared eggs of these Monarchs with Monarch Watch and with us. As we raise them, we're constantly amazed at their beauty. Queen butterfly pupae are often a beautiful pink; normal for Queens. But this is NOT normal for Monarchs.
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
Monarchs pupating both yellow and green.
The color of the caterpillar just before it pupates
indicates which color it will pupate.
Monarch opy pupa and two green pupae.
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
Monarch OPY Pupa
Danaus plexippus
Monarch OPY Pupa
Danaus plexippus
Freshly pupated, they are a wet yellow color.
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
yellow opy monarch pupa chrysalis
Freshly pupated Monarch yellow chrysalides.
Often called Monarch cocoons, they are actually
pupae or chrysalises or chrysalides.
Queen butterfly pupae are either pink or green.
Both colors are normal for Danaus gilippus.
Monarch Watch named this color of pupae 'OPY' - orange/pink/yellow. We tend to still call them 'yellow pupae'. Monarch Watch is raising and studying these beautiful creatures. Jodi has been raising this specific line of Monarchs since spring of 2011. .