Mating butterflies

Mating butterflies

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Caption: Mating butterflies. Pair of mating tropical butterflies (order Lepidoptera) on a fern leaf. The butterflies can remain together for up to 30 minutes whilst the male fertilises the female. The female will then usually lay her eggs on a plant that will serve as a food source for the larvae when they hatch. In some butterfly species, the larvae develop into predators which feed on aphids & other small insects.

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mating, nature, tropical, tropical butterfly, wildlife, zoology

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