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Monarch Butterfly and Chrysalis

The photo above shows a nearly fully formed Monarch butterfly as seen through the wall of its chrysalis shortly before emerging.

The chrysalis is the pupa stage of a butterfly’s lifecycle. A Monarch chrysalis is usually attached to a milkweed plant (Asclepias syriaca) — Monarchs and milkweeds are intimately linked.

Soon after this Monarch emerged, it began its extraordinary 2,260 mi (3,640 km) migration to the highlands of central Mexico.

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