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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Red admiral butterfly egg on stinging nettle plant

A Red Admiral butterfly laid this egg on a stinging nettle plant. This photo was taken just hours before the caterpillar emerged from its egg.

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Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Fairport, Michigan, United States of America
Copyright: © Mary Rasmussen