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Butterfly Life Cycles

I have raised butterflies for over 30 years. The pictures in this gallery show stages of the metamorphosis process in different species of butterflies. Not all stages are shown for each butterfly. This gallery is definitely a "work in progress." As I get new photos, I will add them and may substitute a better photo for an existing photo. My goal is to document as many species and stages as possible. At the present time, twenty-eight species are shown. All species are from my backyard or found locally. None of the eggs were purchased.
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Fifth Instar Larvae of Question Mark
Fifth Instar Larvae of Question Mark
Checkered White laying eggs on Cleome
Checkered White laying eggs on Cleome
Gorgone Checkerspots Larvae
Gorgone Checkerspots Larvae
Gorgone Checkerspot Larva
Gorgone Checkerspot Larva
Gorgone Checkerspot Chrysalis
Gorgone Checkerspot Chrysalis
Gorgone Checkerspot Adult
Gorgone Checkerspot Adult
Silvery Checkerspot larva
Silvery Checkerspot larva
Falcate Orangetip Larva - Anthocharis midea
Falcate Orangetip Larva - Anthocharis midea
Falcate Orangetip Larva - Antocharis midea
Falcate Orangetip Larva - Antocharis midea
Falcate Orangetip Chrysalis - Antocharis midea
Falcate Orangetip Chrysalis - Antocharis midea
Common Checkered-Skipper Egg
Common Checkered-Skipper Egg
Common Checkered-Skipper Larva
Common Checkered-Skipper Larva
Common Checkered-Skipper Chrysalis
Common Checkered-Skipper Chrysalis
Common Checkered Pupa Headshot
Common Checkered Pupa Headshot
Common Checkered-Skipper Adult
Common Checkered-Skipper Adult
Viceroy caterpillar shaping leaf to make a hibernaculum
Viceroy caterpillar shaping leaf to make a hibernaculum
Viceroy caterpillar pulling the edges together.
Viceroy caterpillar pulling the edges together.
The hibernaculum is complete.
The hibernaculum is complete.
Close up of the hibernaculum
Close up of the hibernaculum
Dried hibernaculum
Dried hibernaculum
Viceroy egg
Viceroy egg
Viceroy Caterpillar, first instar
Viceroy Caterpillar, first instar
Viceroy Caterpillar, just molted
Viceroy Caterpillar, just molted
Viceroy Caterpillar, ready to pupate
Viceroy Caterpillar, ready to pupate
Viceroy Chrysalis
Viceroy Chrysalis
Goatweed Leafwing Egg - Anaea andria
Goatweed Leafwing Egg - Anaea andria
Goatweed Leafwing Caterpillar
Goatweed Leafwing Caterpillar
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar nest
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar nest
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar
Goatweed Leafwing Chrysalis
Goatweed Leafwing Chrysalis
Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria) Chrysalis - ready to eclose
Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria) Chrysalis - ready to eclose
Anaea andria - Goatweed Leafwing - newly eclosed
Anaea andria - Goatweed Leafwing - newly eclosed
Monarch egg closeup
Monarch egg closeup
Monarch Egg on Milkweed
Monarch Egg on Milkweed
Monarch egg showing dark head of caterpillar
Monarch egg showing dark head of caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar recently molted
Monarch caterpillar recently molted
Monarch Caterpillar
Monarch Caterpillar
Monarch Chrysalides
Monarch Chrysalides
Monarch Eclosing
Monarch Eclosing
Newly eclosed Monarchs
Newly eclosed Monarchs
Closeup Silver-spotted skipper egg
Closeup Silver-spotted skipper egg
Newly hatched Silver-Spotted Skipper
Newly hatched Silver-Spotted Skipper
Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar
Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillar
Silver-spotted Skipper ready to pupate
Silver-spotted Skipper ready to pupate
Silver-spotted Skipper face
Silver-spotted Skipper "face"
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