Priam's birdwing butterfly emerging from chrysalis

Priam's birdwing butterfly emerging from chrysalis

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Credit: E.R.DEGGINGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Emerging butterfly. Priam's birdwing butterfly (Troides aeacus) emerging from its chrysalis. Within the chrysalis the butterfly changed its body shape, a process known as metamorphosis, from that of a caterpillar to the adult form seen here. As it emerges, the butterfly pumps blood into its wings to expand them. These then dry out and harden. Photographed in Indonesia.

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Keywords: animal, birdwing, birdwing butterfly, butterfly, chrysalis, indonesia, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, metamorphosis, nature, priam, priam's butterfly, type, wildlife, zoology

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