My daughter and I were walking in the woods behind our home when we happened upon seven zebra longwing butterflies hanging from an oak branch. They were folded up flat and blended in so well that it is amazing that she saw them. It was a dreary day and the woods were dark from the thick canopy, and they seemed to be napping. At first we thought they had just hatched from their cocoons, but we couldn't find any remnants of them.
We startled them and they began to flutter all around us. I tried to snap a photo of them but it was impossible to see them in flight, so I settled for the one below as he settled back on the oak limb. We were totally delighted with our magical discovery.
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