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The pupa of a Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) nestled among the tiny flowers of its favorite food, California plantain (Plantago erecta). Though this individual is fairly exposed, they typically hide themselves by knitting a shelter of silk and plantago or other low lying plants (swipe for other images). The pupa is in the process of transforming into a butterfly and will soon emerge and take flight, and hopefully reproduce to continue the life cycle of this unique and fragile species.
The Quino Checkerspot Butterfly is an endangered species with hope of making a comeback, thanks to the talented collaboration and dedication of The San Diego Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Conservation Biology Institute. San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.

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The pupa of a Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) nestled among the tiny flowers of its favorite food, California plantain (Plantago erecta). Though this individual is fairly exposed, they typically hide themselves by knitting a shelter of silk and plantago or other low lying plants (swipe for other images). The pupa is in the process of transforming into a butterfly and will soon emerge and take flight, and hopefully reproduce to continue the life cycle of this unique and fragile species. <br />
The Quino Checkerspot Butterfly is an endangered species with hope of making a comeback, thanks to the talented collaboration and dedication of The San Diego Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Conservation Biology Institute. San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.