Pictured: Butterfly pupa looks like a snake by Andreas Kay.
A butterfly pupa has cleverly disguised itself to look like a King Cobra snake to warn off predators such as insect-eating birds. The tiny 4cm-long pupa of a soon-to-be Dynastor Darius butterfly was hanging just 50cm above the ground in one of the most diverse biological hotspots in the world.
The pupa stage of transformation - which is when a butterfly grows its wings - is called a chrysalis and lasts between 13 and 17 days until being able to spread its wings. Natural scientist and photographer Andreas Kay regularly visits the lowland rain forest of Reserva Mangaloma in the Choco Region of western Ecuador to explore its biodiversity. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.
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