Crysalis

crysalis

I noticed this on my window earlier today. I’m surprised as it’s not in a very sheltered spot. I’ve had a go at identifying it and think it might be a crysalis of a small or large white. The life cycle or life history of butterflies and moths goes like this (common term first, then scientific term is in brackets): egg (ovum), caterpillar (larva), chrysalis/pupa, then finally adult (imago) butterfly or moth. I’ve asked some friends of the OP Wildlife Project far far more knowledgeable than me to have a look too.

If you come across any during the cold months, you can have a go at identifying using the guide from UK butterflies:

http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species_family.php?name=all&stage=pupa

and for more information on the stages of butterflies and moths see:

http://www.ukleps.org/morphology.html

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