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Monarch butterfly. Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) resting on the protective chrysalis from which it has just emerged. It has fully inflated its wings. During pupation, the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. Monarchs are migratory butterflies native to North America. Millions of them migrate thousands of kilometres to the southern USA and Mexico for the winter. They spend this period in semi-hibernation, before mating in the spring and laying eggs from which caterpillars hatch on their journey back north. For a sequence showing part of the life cycle of this butterfly see images Z355/590-593.
Model release not required. Property release not required.