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Butterfly Life Cycles

I have raised butterflies for over 34 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, thirty species are shown. All species are from my backyard or found locally. None of the eggs were purchased.
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Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar nest
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar nest
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar
Goatweed Leafwing caterpillar
Goatweed Leafwing Chrysalis
Goatweed Leafwing Chrysalis
Goatweed Leafwing  Chrysalis - ready to eclose
Goatweed Leafwing Chrysalis - ready to eclose
Goatweed Leafwing - newly eclosed
Goatweed Leafwing - newly eclosed
Monarch Egg
Monarch Egg
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 Larvae
Monarch Larvae
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
Queen Egg
Queen Egg
Queen Larvae
Queen Larvae
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IMG_4592.jpg
Queen Chrysalis showing butterfly inside
Queen Chrysalis showing butterfly inside
Male Queen, newly eclosed
Male Queen, newly eclosed
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"
Raft of Tawny Emperor Eggs
Raft of Tawny Emperor Eggs
Tawny Emperor Eggs, ready to hatch
Tawny Emperor Eggs, ready to hatch
Tawny Emperor Larva, newly hatched
Tawny Emperor Larva, newly hatched
Tawny Emperor Larvae
Tawny Emperor Larvae
Tawny Emperor Larva
Tawny Emperor Larva
Tawny Emperor Larvae
Tawny Emperor Larvae
Tawny Emperor Larvae
Tawny Emperor Larvae
Tawny Emperor Larva, ready to pupate
Tawny Emperor Larva, ready to pupate
Tawny Emperor chrysalis
Tawny Emperor chrysalis
Tawny Emperor chrysalis with discarded head capsule
Tawny Emperor chrysalis with discarded head capsule
Tawny Emperor chrysalis with closeup of head capsule
Tawny Emperor chrysalis with closeup of head capsule
Hackberry Emperor Larva
Hackberry Emperor Larva
Hackberry Emperor Larvae, different instars
Hackberry Emperor Larvae, different instars
Hackberry Emperor Chrysalis
Hackberry Emperor Chrysalis
Newly eclosed Hackberry Emperor
Newly eclosed Hackberry Emperor
Black Swallowtail Egg on Fennel
Black Swallowtail Egg on Fennel
Black Swallowtail egg ready to hatch
Black Swallowtail egg ready to hatch
Black Swallowtail New Hatchling
Black Swallowtail New Hatchling
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
Parasitized Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
Parasitized Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
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