I know the difference in this information but have posted incorrectly, perhaps on this site, but certainly on another. Some good soul let me know I had made the mistake. For your informaiton and mine, here tis.
"Cocoon vs. Chrysalis" – Both of these describe the pupa stage of complete metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is another of the incredible adaptations of insects. While it has many advantages, including giving the animal a way to get through winter, metamorphosis is probably very difficult! And painful!!
"Well, both butterflies and moths have a pupa – and a caterpillar. And it is difficult to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth by just looking at a caterpillar. They can look almost the same. Caterpillars of butterflies or moths can be fuzzy, spiny, smooth, fat, thin, colorful, drab, or anything else you can imagine!
The difference is in the way they use their silk. They all make it (except some that probably don’t just so we can never be right all the time!). Some moth caterpillars wrap themselves up in silk before they make their pupa. That silk they wrap themselves up in, is the cocoon! And butterflies don’t do it.
Butterflies use their silk to attach their pupa to a branch or structure. They do not wrap it up. Instead, it is often an ornamental, yet cryptic, casing called a chrysalis. Technically, moths also makes chrysalides, they just usually wrap them up in cocoons"
And I can see that clearly now that my butterflies have made their CHRYSALIS. Going to a friends now to pick up some white breaded iris. Will share them with the Master Gardeners. More to Come Later