No, it's not some alien lifeform :-)

Chrysalis (from Greek "χρυσαλλίς") or nympha is the pupal stage of a butterfly.

Notice the butterfly's wings that have already formed?

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I found this one attached to my yard wall. I suspect it belonged to some species of family Pieridae, but I don't know for sure... This was one of my first macros with my "Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM" lens, shot back in February, but I had forgotten to upload it! One morning a few weeks later, I found only an empty shell where this chrysalis was. A new butterfly had emerged...


UPDATE: This seems to belong to the Small White (Pieris rapae) butterfly, also known as "Cabbage White" or "Small Cabbage White". Thanks to tigerbeatlefreak for the ID. Seems logical, too, as I see those little butterflies quite a lot at this time of season around the house. I also posted a photo of this butterfly: Click here to see it

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  • Sylvan Dieckmann 8y

    Damn that's nice .. the colour is fantastic and as always great detail :))

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  • zanettco 8y

    Great shot my friend, me pirasi..... I am going to afari tomorrow to see what is new in my gatden :)

    Enjoy your time in wonderful Greece !
  • Greg Miles PRO 8y

    Thanks for the information on 'chrysalis' being from Greek. Does this word relate to the resurrection of Christ? Great to see that detail of the wing and the silk anchor attached to the wall. I got my 100mm Canon EF lens in February too. Such a great lens!
  • kim fleming PRO 8y

    very nice shot. great detail.
  • Mathew Brust PRO 8y

    Nice chrysalis, but unfortunately from the weedy cabbage buttefly.
  • Marty DeAngelo PRO 8y

    Very interesting shot - too bad we didn't get to see the finished product when it was done baking!
  • Jim Gilbert PRO 8y

    Interesting find. I haven't found any quite like that. Nice photo, too.
  • Vaggelis Vlahos 8y

    beautiful macro

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  • Sabine PRO 8y

    fantastic find!!!
  • Lumiere2005 PRO 8y

    Wonderful....a great study piece and a wonderful symbol of season change for those of us in the Northeast USA waiting for a very delayed spring !!
  • Joanna Vou 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Macro Photos (NO LIMITS), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    Great macro Stavro!
  • giiviak 8y

    Nice find Markopoulos!
  • Xenia 8y

    it s so interesting to see it in such detail
  • Joël Plisson 8y

    Very cool :) Lots of details.
  • Ava Babili 8y

    Great detail

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  • fotogirl MK PRO 8y

    very cool Stavro - we watched painted lady ones
    "sto nipiagogio" last week :)
  • Evie 8y

    Fantastic capture!!Thanks for your kind comments, Stavro!Much appreciated:)
  • Claire DeLand ~ "GA Music Maker" PRO 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Butterfly Chrysalis, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  • Lefteris Kevrekidis 7y

  • scene-here 5y

    Beautifully photographed and a lovely specimen.
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Taken on February 12, 2007
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