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Peacock butterfly chrysalis. The hanging chrysalis or pupa contains a metamorphosing caterpillar (larva) of the Eurasian peacock butterfly (Inachis io). The chrysalis has a silvery-gold sheen, and is attached to a leaf by a small amount of silk. During metamorphosis, the caterpillar's organs degenerate completely, and a sexually mature butterfly develops.
Model release not required. Property release not required.