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A cocoon is a pupal casing made by moths, caterpillars and other insect larvae.

Cocoon may also refer to:

  • Apache Cocoon, web development software
  • Cocoon (film), a 1985 science fiction film
    • Cocoon: The Return, 1988 sequel to Cocoon
  • Kakuna, a species of Pokémon, known as Cocoon in the original Japanese version
  • "Cocoon", a short story from the collection Luminous, by science fiction writer Greg Egan


Simple English

cocoon and pupa.]]

A cocoon is a shell made of silk by most kinds of moth caterpillars and other insect larvae. Some butterfly larvae (in the family Hesperiidae and subfamilies Parnassiinae and Satyrinae) do spin cocoons.[1] However, most butterfly pupae are called chrysalids.[1] Some caterpillars attach small twigs or pieces of vegetation to the outside of their cocoon to hide it from predators. Others spin their cocoon in a hidden place. Examples would be on the underside of a leaf, in a crevice, or down near the base of a tree trunk.

Silkworm cocoons are processed and used to produce natural silk for clothing.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Smart, Paul (1977). "2". The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Butterfly World. Chartwell Books Inc. pp. 33. ISBN 0-89009-093-9. 

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