Common mormon, Mumbai, India by A S Bishnoi

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1. The pupae of butterflies is called a chrysalis. Depending on the species, the pupae may suspended under a branch, hidden in leaves or buried underground. The pupa of butterfly become the legs, wings, eyes and other parts of the adult butterfly.

2. Indian Common Mormon butterflies are adaptable, inhabiting tropical and subtropical areas, open forests, agricultural fields, gardens and even cities.
Butterflies go through a life cycle known as complete metamorphosis. The stages of their life cycle include: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The photograph shows the Common Mormon Butterfly born as an adult.

3. As I love to rear butterflies in my house, this particular Common Mormon showed signs of emergence, I started looking for my camera to capture the moment. But to my surprise, the battery drained out, so I immediately put it on charge so, at least, I was be able to capture one moment. As usual, nature does not wait for you - she emerged and the wings gradually unfolded, like our clothes and the proboscis started unwinding. It was a blessing in disguise, as I observed keenly the entire process of the butterfly emerging. Being cold-blooded, it takes time for them to warm up. As she exercised her flight muscles my camera battery had charged enough to capture the moment before she took her maiden flight, never to return.

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