From egg to flying beauty

From egg to flying beauty

Compare a week-old white commodore butterfly with an adult at the height of its glory; it's hard to imagine how a pink furry caterpillar could take flight one day with a pair of white-banded brown wings. You have to marvel at the dramatic four-stage metamorphosis that butterflies undergo, from egg (1) to caterpillar (2), chrysalis (3) to emerge, finally, as a butterfly (4).

Eggs come in all colours and patterns: some look like sweets, some resemble miniature disco balls while others could have been left by aliens. Caterpillars are no less exotic. Some mimic dragons, some look like creatures from an intergalactic comic book story, while others still resemble poodles with cotton-candy pink coats. All photos by Hydrogen Pun

Long-banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita formosana)

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Pale Green Awlet (Bibasis gomata gomata)

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Commander (Moduza procris)

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White Commodore (Parasarpa dudu)

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