Swallowtail butterfly chrysalis

Swallowtail butterfly chrysalis

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Swallowtail chrysalis. Macrophotograph of a chrysalis of the swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon). A chrysalis is formed when a caterpillar is ready to undergo metamorphosis into an adult butterfly. The caterpillar's organs degenerate completely and a new body develops. The swallowtail chrysalis lacks a hard cocoon and is often found attached upright to a plant by a girdle of silk. Swallowtails are large, brightly coloured butterflies with distinct tail-like projections on each hind wing.

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, chrysalis, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, metamorphosis, nature, papilio machaon, swallowtail, swallowtail chrysalis, wildlife, zoology

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