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Hatching3 by Keithsannoyingphotos  For years I have wanted to get a sequence of photographs showing a butterfly hatching out of its chrysalis.  There were many attempts, all frustrated by something: a lack of caterpillars to raise, parasites killing the pupae, having to go clean up a mess for my Dad while the butterfly hatched out in the meanwhile.  This time didn't look promising: of the 3 caterpillars I was shepherding, one hatched out before I woke up, a second decided to hatch out while I was off filling bird-feeders...and the third...well the third time was the charm.  
This is the third in a sequence of shots I uploaded over on my other page(Keithsannoyingphotos).  This is a Variegated Fritillary Butterfly.  Maybe 3 inches across on its wingspan.  The caterpillars live on violets and pansies.  As I type this, the new hatched adult is sitting outside on a geranium while its wings fill out and dry.  
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Well, and beautifully, caught.
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Flame-N-Roses Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
You're the luckiest person who has seen such a beautiful thing :)
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Keithspangle Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)  I saw its mother lay eggs on the violets and pansies in the front garden, so I decided to look after some of her caterpillars and try once again to get pictures like this.  This time it worked! :excited:
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ShaoriDragonblood Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Congratulations on this success. :)
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