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Zebra Longwing Caterpillar going into instar

The Zebra longwing butterfly caterpillar is molting and going into one of its instar stage before emerging as an adult butterfly. It looks like it's taking off its mask and enjoying the day.

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Date Taken: 03.2020
Date Uploaded: 09.2020
Photo Location: Plantation, Florida, United States of America
Copyright: © Amy Mead-Rielly