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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Butterfly Larva

These caterpillars turn into a dark midnight purple and light yellow colored butterfly when they emerge from their chrysalis. I rescued one that had adhered to a rope fence that was being demolished and watched it transform. This photo was taken shortly before they entered the pupa stage.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2019
Date Uploaded: 08.2019
Photo Location: Utah, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3200
Copyright: © Emily Bayne