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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-six species are shown. All species are from my backyard or found locally. None of the eggs were purchased.
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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
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail egg
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail egg
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail egg
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail egg
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Hatchling
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Hatchling
Hungry caterpillar
Hungry caterpillar
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Larva
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Larva
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Larva
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Larva
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillars, late instar
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillars, late instar
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail larva, full grown
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail larva, full grown
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ready to pupate
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail ready to pupate
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Pupa
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Pupa
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, showing girdle
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, showing girdle
Ovipositing Pipevine Swallowtail
Ovipositing Pipevine Swallowtail
Pipevine Swallowtail Eggs on Woolly Pipevine
Pipevine Swallowtail Eggs on Woolly Pipevine
Handful of Pipevine Swallowtail Larvae
Handful of Pipevine Swallowtail Larvae
Pipevine Chrysalis
Pipevine Chrysalis
Newly eclosed Pipevine
Newly eclosed Pipevine
Spicebush Swallowtail egg
Spicebush Swallowtail egg
Spicebush Caterpillar, early instar
Spicebush Caterpillar, early instar
Spicebush Swallowtail, last instar
Spicebush Swallowtail, last instar
Spicebush larva ready to pupate
Spicebush larva ready to pupate
Spicebush Swallowtail Chrysalis
Spicebush Swallowtail Chrysalis
Spicebush Swallowtail Chrysalides
Spicebush Swallowtail Chrysalides
Newly eclosed Spicebush
Newly eclosed Spicebush
Newly Eclosed Spicebush Swallowtail
Newly Eclosed Spicebush Swallowtail
Ovipositing Gulf Fritillary
Ovipositing Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary Egg
Gulf Fritillary Egg
Gulf Fritillary Larva
Gulf Fritillary Larva
Gulf Fritillary Pupating
Gulf Fritillary Pupating
Gulf Fritillary  Chrysalides
Gulf Fritillary Chrysalides
Newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary
Newly eclosed Gulf Fritillary
Red Admiral Egg
Red Admiral Egg
Red Admiral Larva on False Nettle
Red Admiral Larva on False Nettle
Red Admiral Chrysalis
Red Admiral Chrysalis
Red Admiral newly eclosed
Red Admiral newly eclosed
Pearl Crescent larva on aster plant
Pearl Crescent larva on aster plant
Pearl Crescent Chrysalis
Pearl Crescent Chrysalis
Newly Eclosed Pearl Crescent
Newly Eclosed Pearl Crescent
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