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Joel Sartore / Photo Ark / Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) female profile, opening and closing its wings, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Controlled conditions.
Oliver Wright / Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) sequence showing landing and taking off from a Greater knapweed (Centaurea scabiosa) flower. Yorkshire, UK. Digital composite.
John Chan / Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) nectaring on a Sweet scabious (Scabiosa atropurpurea), Orange County, California, USA, May.
John Chan / Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) taking flight from a Pride of madeira (Echium candicans) after contact with a Honey bee (Apis mellifera), Southern California, USA, April.
Kim Taylor / Peacock butterfly (Aglais io) caterpillar suspending itself from a silk pad by its rear prolegs before shedding its larval skin and emerging as a pupa, June.
Ross Hoddinott / Small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly (Boloria selene) roosting on Hard fern (Blechnum spicant) fiddlehead. Marsland Valley Wildlife Trusts Reserve, Cornwall, England, UK. June.
Stephen Dalton / Indian leaf butterfly (Kallima paralekta) in flight.
Ernie Janes / Small white butterfly (Pieris rapae) and Small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) in flight, Norfolk, England, UK, June.
Oliver Wright / Marbled white butterfly (Melanargia galathea) photographed in early morning light. Ledston, Yorkshire, June. Focus stacked image.
Edwin Giesbers / Small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly (Boloria selene) resting on stem. The Netherlands. August.
Edwin Giesbers / Small pearl bordered fritillary butterfly (Boloria selene), two resting on Scabious. The Netherlands. July.
Lucas Bustamante / Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) flying during a warm morning. When the overwintering period draws to an end large numbers become active. Michoacan, Mexico, February.