Ruddy Daggerwing Butterflies

Ruddy Daggerwing - Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing – Marpesia petreus

A quick trip down south this week was quite rewarding for my eyes! I saw more Ruddy Daggerwing butterflies than I’ve ever seen. I could see up to a dozen at one time. As they flew around and about, I took quite a few photos. I haven’t edited many yet but had to edit one to share (above).

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly Caterpillar -  Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
Caterpillar – Marpesia petreus

They are wonderful caterpillars! Their color is bright and captivating.

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly Chrysalis-  Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
Chrysalis- Marpesia petreus

The chrysalises are delightful. Who would have thought that THIS is a butterfly chrysalis?

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly Chrysalis-  Marpesia petreus

Ruddy Daggerwing Butterfly
Chrysalis- Marpesia petreus
The Day It Emerged

This is the same chrysalis the day it emerged.

Now I’m ready to head south again …

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