Nymphalis vau-album – Compton Tortoiseshell

I found this caterpillar eating elm leaves, on 6/7/09

Nymphalis vau-album

This is the same caterpillar on 6/10/09

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On 6/13/09

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It pupated on 6/15/09

Nymphalis vau-album

Nymphalis vau-album

The adult emerged on 6/27/09

Nymphalis vau-album

I found another chrysalis on 6-28-09. It was very light colored - almost white - so I thought it might be parasitized.

Nymphalis vau-album

But it hatched into a butterfly on 7-4-09.  It was much more cooperative, so I got pictures of both sides of its wings.

Nymphalis vau-album

Nymphalis vau-album

Marcie O'Connor

Buffalo County, Wisconsin

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