Monarch caterpillar metamorphosis

Monarch caterpillar metamorphosis

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Caption: Caterpillar metamorphosis. Caterpillar of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) pupating. This caterpillar pupates by hanging upside down from its food plant, as seen here. Metamorphosis means changing body shape. In butterflies and moths the winged adult that emerges from the pupa is completely different from the larval caterpillar and occupies a different habitat. Within the pupa the caterpillar undergoes a second embryonic development and the adult develops from larval cells. The adult monarch emerges after approximately three weeks.

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Keywords: animal, butterfly, caterpillar, change, chrysalis, danaus plexippus, development, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, lepidopteran, life cycle, metamorphosis, monarch, nature, pupa, pupating, pupation, wildlife, zoology

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