Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly; Atlides halesus

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Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly Atlides halesus
The Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly lays her eggs on mistletoe, growing in trees. The small white eggs hatch into nearly microscopic green larvae (caterpillars). Eating mistletoe, the caterpillars grow for weeks until they pupate into small brown pupae (chrysalises). The caterpillars (larvae) are the exact same shade of green as mistletoe. Many people can hold mistletoe and look directly at caterpillars without seeing them - thinking they are leaves.
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus)
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) eggs on mistletoe
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) laying eggs on mistletoe
Great Purple Hairstreak
Eggs laid on mistletoe
Great Purple laying an egg
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) green caterpillar larva on mistletoe
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) green caterpillar larva on mistletoe
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) green caterpillar larva on mistletoe
Larva on mistletoe
Caterpillar on mistletoe
Caterpillar on mistletoe
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) larva caterpillar has a diamond mark on its head
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) preparing to pupate
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) pupa or chrysalis
Caterpillar's diamond on its head
J'ing caterpillar
Pupa or chrysalis
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus)
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) has a colorful fan
Great Purple Hairstreak Butterfly (Atlides halesus) blue wings
Great Purple from the front
Great Purple's colorful rear view
Brilliant blue tops of wings
are visible if the wings
are held open
The brilliant metallic blue of Great Purple Hairstreak butterfly's wings is rarely seen. These butterflies rest with their wings closed. When thier blue scales are wet, they turn green. Great Purple Hairstreak Atlides halesus butterflies are among the most beautiful and amazing butterflies.