Ukraine, Odessa, June 2010
The exhibition of butterflies regularly takes place in the local gardening supermarket. This year there weren't tablets with the descriptions. I guess that these butterflies are from the South America.
The workers gave butterflies some fruits, but the latter preferred overripe bananas. Interestingly that the flowers didn't attract butterflies.
… is going to be a butterfly too.
Newborn butterflies wait several hours until their wings are strong enough to fly.
Some resemble a caterpillar.
Others look like a leaf.
The largest cocoon is almost 5 cm long (2 in).
These cocoons are transparent and you can see a future butterfly inside.
…and even future tracery on the wings.
This cocoon looks like a big egg that is about 4 cm (1 1/2 in) long.
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