Monarch Butterfly R (Danaus plexippus)
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Monarch Butterfly's #3 (Danaus plexippus)
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Monarch Butterfly S (Danaus plexippus)
Bumble Bee On Purple Aster (Bombus pennsylvanicus)
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Monarch Caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) On Butterfly Weed
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The four stages of complete metamorphosis are: 1. egg-three to four days, 2. the larva-(caterpillar) 10-14 days, 3. the pupa-(chrysalis) 10-14 days, 4. adult butterfly.
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Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Larva
Monarch larva preparing to pupate by getting into a J while hanging upside down from its silk mat.
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Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Pupation
The pupation process is underway.
The pupation process continues.
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Pupa
Monarch Pupa. Monarch pupae are well-camouflaged, since they have no other means of defense against predators.
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Pupa or Chrysalis
The pupa or chrysalis gets lighter and lighter.
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Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Pupa or Chrysalis.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Emerges From The Chrysalis.
About one hour after emerging from its chrysalis, the monarch's wings are full-sized, dry, and ready for flying.
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) On Butterfly Weed With Empty Chrysalis
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) On Butterfly Weed.
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Four to seven days after emerging from it's chrysalis, a monarch is old enough to mate. So begins the life cycle of the next generation.
The "King of Butterflies" the Monarch.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
This is one of the last images we got of our Monarch.
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This image is right before she flys off the deck, to the tree line. Males have a black spot on a vein on each hind wing that is not present on a female.
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Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilionidae) On Lantana
Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilionidae) On Cone Flower
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