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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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Checkered White laying eggs on Cleome
Checkered White laying eggs on Cleome
Checkered White egg on Cleome
Checkered White egg on Cleome
Checkered White Caterpillar
Checkered White Caterpillar
Checkered White Chrysalis
Checkered White Chrysalis
Bordered Patch Eggs on Golden Crownbeard
Bordered Patch Eggs on Golden Crownbeard
Bordered Patch eggs, ready to hatch
Bordered Patch eggs, ready to hatch
Bordered Patch caterpillars hatching from egg mass
Bordered Patch caterpillars hatching from egg mass
Bordered Patch Caterpillar on Golden Crownbeard
Bordered Patch Caterpillar on Golden Crownbeard
Bordered Patch Chrysalis
Bordered Patch Chrysalis
Newly Eclosed Bordered Patch
Newly Eclosed Bordered Patch
Gorgone Checkerspots Larvae
Gorgone Checkerspots Larvae
Gorgone Checkerspot Caterpillar
Gorgone Checkerspot Caterpillar
Gorgone Checkerspot Caterpillar
Gorgone Checkerspot Caterpillar
Gorgone Checkerspot Chrysalis
Gorgone Checkerspot Chrysalis
Gorgone Checkerspot Adult
Gorgone Checkerspot Adult
Silvery Checkerspot larva
Silvery Checkerspot larva
Fifth Instar Larvae of Question Mark
Fifth Instar Larvae of Question Mark
Pupa/Chrysalis of the Question Mark
Pupa/Chrysalis of the Question Mark
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  Chrysalis - ready to eclose
Goatweed Leafwing Chrysalis - ready to eclose
Goatweed Leafwing - newly eclosed
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
Queen Egg
Queen Egg
Queen Larvae
Queen Larvae
IMG_4592.jpg
IMG_4592.jpg
Female Queen on Curassavica
Female Queen on Curassavica
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
Four Chrysalides in a Row
Four Chrysalides in a Row
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 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
Egg of Giant Swallowtail
Egg of Giant Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar
Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar
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
Variegated Fritillary egg
Variegated Fritillary egg
Variegated Fritillary larva
Variegated Fritillary larva
Variegated Fritillary Chrysalis
Variegated Fritillary Chrysalis
Newly eclosed Variegated Fritillary
Newly eclosed Variegated Fritillary
Red Admiral Egg
Red Admiral Egg
Nest containing tiny Red Admiral Caterpillar
Nest containing tiny Red Admiral Caterpillar
Larger nest revealing a growing Red Admiral caterpillar
Larger nest revealing a growing Red Admiral caterpillar
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
Am Painted Lady Larva
Am Painted Lady Larva
American Lady Chrysalis
American Lady Chrysalis
Am Lady ventral view
Am Lady ventral view
Painted Lady Larva
Painted Lady Larva
Painted Lady Larva making silk nest on thistle
Painted Lady Larva making silk nest on thistle
Painted Lady Chrysalis
Painted Lady Chrysalis
Newly eclosed Painted Lady
Newly eclosed Painted Lady
Cloudless Sulphur Egg
Cloudless Sulphur Egg
Cloudless Sulphur Larva feeding on Partridge Pea
Cloudless Sulphur Larva feeding on Partridge Pea
Cloudless Sulphur Chrysalid
Cloudless Sulphur Chrysalid
Pink Cloudless Sulphur Chrysalis
Pink Cloudless Sulphur Chrysalis
Freshly eclosed Cloudless Sulphur with chrysalis
Freshly eclosed Cloudless Sulphur with chrysalis
Horace duskywing larva
Horace duskywing larva
Tiny Horace duskywing chrysalis.jpg
Tiny Horace duskywing chrysalis.jpg
Horace duskywing chrysalis
Horace duskywing chrysalis
Wild Indigo duskywing larva.jpg
Wild Indigo duskywing larva.jpg
Buckeye larva.jpg
Buckeye larva.jpg
Sleepy Orange Egg.jpg
Sleepy Orange Egg.jpg
Sleepy Orange Caterpillar, early instar
Sleepy Orange Caterpillar, early instar
Sleepy Orange Caterpillar, late instar
Sleepy Orange Caterpillar, late instar
Sleepy Orange Chrysalis
Sleepy Orange Chrysalis
Sleepy Orange ready to eclose.jpg
Sleepy Orange ready to eclose.jpg
Newly eclosed Sleepy Orange
Newly eclosed Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur egg
Dainty Sulphur egg
Closeup of Dainty Sulphur Larva.jpg
Closeup of Dainty Sulphur Larva.jpg
Dainty Sulphur Chrysalis
Dainty Sulphur Chrysalis
Dainty Sulphur, freshly eclosed
Dainty Sulphur, freshly eclosed
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