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Chrysalis

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No, it's not some alien lifeform :-)
Chrysalis (from Greek "χρυσαλλίς") or nympha is the pupal stage of a butterfly.
Notice the butterfly's wings that have already formed?
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I found this one attached to my yard wall. I suspect it belonged to some species of family Pieridae, but I don't know for sure... This was one of my first macros with my "Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM" lens, shot back in February, but I had forgotten to upload it! One morning a few weeks later, I found only an empty shell where this chrysalis was. A new butterfly had emerged...

UPDATE: This seems to belong to the Small White (Pieris rapae) butterfly, also known as "Cabbage White" or "Small Cabbage White". Thanks to tigerbeatlefreak for the ID. Seems logical, too, as I see those little butterflies quite a lot at this time of season around the house. I also posted a photo of this butterfly: Click here to see it

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  1. Ѕylvan 85 months ago | reply

    Damn that's nice .. the colour is fantastic and as always great detail :))

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  2. zanettco 85 months ago | reply

    Great shot my friend, me pirasi..... I am going to afari tomorrow to see what is new in my gatden :)

    Enjoy your time in wonderful Greece !

  3. Greg Miles 85 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the information on 'chrysalis' being from Greek. Does this word relate to the resurrection of Christ? Great to see that detail of the wing and the silk anchor attached to the wall. I got my 100mm Canon EF lens in February too. Such a great lens!

  4. myriorama 85 months ago | reply

    very nice shot. great detail.

  5. tigerbeatlefreak 85 months ago | reply

    Nice chrysalis, but unfortunately from the weedy cabbage buttefly.

  6. martytdx 85 months ago | reply

    Very interesting shot - too bad we didn't get to see the finished product when it was done baking!

  7. J Gilbert 85 months ago | reply

    Interesting find. I haven't found any quite like that. Nice photo, too.

  8. vlavag (offline) [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

    beautiful macro

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  9. Sabinche 85 months ago | reply

    fantastic find!!!

  10. Lumiere2005 85 months ago | reply

    Wonderful....a great study piece and a wonderful symbol of season change for those of us in the Northeast USA waiting for a very delayed spring !!

  11. Anna_Greece 85 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Macro Photos (NO LIMITS), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    Great macro Stavro!

  12. giiviak 85 months ago | reply

    Nice find Markopoulos!

  13. xenia_k 85 months ago | reply

    it s so interesting to see it in such detail

  14. Ovinek 85 months ago | reply

    Very cool :) Lots of details.

  15. Ava Babili 85 months ago | reply

    Great detail

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  16. fotogirl MK 85 months ago | reply

    very cool Stavro - we watched painted lady ones
    "sto nipiagogio" last week :)

  17. purplemonie 81 months ago | reply

    Fantastic capture!!Thanks for your kind comments, Stavro!Much appreciated:)

  18. Claire DeLand ~ "GA Music Maker" 81 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Butterfly Chrysalis, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    Beautiful!!!

  19. scene-here [deleted] 40 months ago | reply

    Beautifully photographed and a lovely specimen.

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