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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A newly emerged Eastern Swallowtil butterfly is released into the wild.

Zoe,13, and her friend Kaiden,10, adopted an Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillar near the end of its larval stage and nursed it through the pupal stage on a parsley plant, until it reached maturity 12 days later.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America
Camera: iPhone 6s
Copyright: © Hannah Skaggs