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Priam's Birdwing butterfly emerging from chrysalis

Priam's Birdwing butterfly emerging from chrysalis

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GEOFF TOMPKINSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY GEOFF TOMPKINSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Emerging butterfly. Priam's Birdwing butterfly 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 soft body parts to expand them. These then dry out and harden.

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