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Atala Butterfly Eumaeus atala

Host plant: Coontie Zamia sp.
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atala butterfly eggs Eumaeus atala
Atala butterfly
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Atala butterfly
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Atala butterfly eggs
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atala butterfly larvae caterpillars Eumaeus atala
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Closer view of Atala eggs
Young Atala Caterpillars
Larger caterpillars
atala butterfly Jing to pupate Eumaeus atala
atala butterfly jing and pupae chrysalises Eumaeus atala
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Caterpillars preparing to pupate
Caterpillars and chrysalises
Atala Chrysalises
moth pupae are called cocoons
butterfly pupae are called chrysalises
atala butterfly chrysalises pupae Eumaeus atala
Chrysalises the day before the adults emerge

Atala Butterfly eggs are unusual with spikes rising from the eggs. Laid in clusters, Atala eggs hatch into bright red / orange larvae, or caterpillars. These caterpillars prefer fresh soft leaves when young. When preparing to pupate, they hang in a C or crescent shape. After pupating, they swing from their 'girdle' or 'sling'. The Atala butterfly pupae or chrysalises do not attach with a cremaster, like most butterflies that use a girdle to help attach themselves. The day before the adults emerge, the wing pad portions of the chrysalis turn dark, their dark wings showing through the pupae shells.