A sphinx moth in the making

Macro photo of a green caterpillar with black and white stripes, hanging upside down from a branch.

The butterfly settles on a support, often a leaf, to lay fertilized eggs.

After 5 to 10 days, the eggs hatch and a caterpillar emerges.

The caterpillar grows, feeds a lot and develops, later wrapping itself in a cocoon.

It then becomes a chrysalis and spends 2 to 4 weeks in this cocoon, where it gradually transforms into a butterfly.

Finally, the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis.

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Fujifilm X-T3
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4.0 R OIS WR
120 mm (80 mm with crop factor)
ISO 6400
1/200 s
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Saint-Pierre-d'Oléron, France

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