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Dimensions4608 x 3456
Original file size1.23 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken11-Feb-21 23:13
Date modified14-Mar-21 15:33
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon PowerShot SX60 HS
Focal length33.49 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.6
Exposure1/400 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Monarch caterpillar and chrysalis - Danaus plexippus

Monarch caterpillar and chrysalis - Danaus plexippus

Female monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants the only plants monarch caterpillars can eat. The caterpillars hatch in 4-6 days and are so small they can barely be seen. In 10-14 days, the caterpillar is full size 2 and 3/8th inches long. Usually the caterpillar crawls away from the milkweed plant to go into its final pupae stage of metamorphosis. This is an unusual photo with a caterpillar and a chrysalis on the same leaf. Under the caterpillar's skin this final time is a jade green casing which is called a chrysalis. Notice the thin line of gold around the top of the chrysalis. In just 9 to 14 days the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is complete and the beautiful butterfly will emerge. Location: Bonaire part of the Caribbean Netherlands. February 2021.