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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
First Flight

I work at a school and one of the parents gave us a chrysalis so that we could watch its transformation into a butterfly. The day after it finally hatched, it could not yet fly, and it would sit on my hand as I typed at my computer! Occasionally it would try to fly, run into a wall, and return to my hand. Finally, we were able to watch it fly away free into the wild.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: , United States of America
Camera: NIKON D700
Copyright: © Danielle Lussier