Wildflowers & Insects - JohnAshleyFineArt
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"A New Mourning"

A caterpillar formed the chrysalis, but a brand new Mourning Cloak butterfly emerged from it a few weeks later. Her new wings are wrinkled at first, so she must hang upside-down to let her wings unfold and harden for an hour. Only then will she make her very first flight.

butterflymourning cloakNymphalis antiopaCamberwell BeautyMontanastate butterflyJohn Ashley