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Published on Dec 22, 2006
This short movie shows parts of the Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) butterfly's life cycle in time lapse. Scenes include larvae moving around on the host plant, larva shedding (molting) its final skin to pupate (part of the metamorphosis process), and finally emerging as an adult butterfly and drying its wings.
The pupation process, from molting until the final shape is achieved takes about an hour. The metamorphosis phase, where the insect changes from a caterpillar to an adult butterfly inside the pupa takes about 10-12 days, depending upon temperature and other environmental factors. The final phase, emerging and drying the wings takes another hour of so, again depending upon temperature and such.
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