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WATCH: The Amazing Birth of a Beautiful Butterfly!

One of the most beautiful occurrences in nature is when a caterpillar metamorphs into its mature form — a beautiful, colorful butterfly.

When the caterpillar nears maturation, it forms a chrysalis around itself to aid in its transformation. Then, after some chemical and cellular processes, the outer shell clears and its butterfly wings show-through. Over the next several hours, the butterfly emerges, dries and expands its wings, and eventually flutters away.

Thanks to photographer Neil Bromhall, we can watch a time-lapsed version of a mature monarch as it emerges from its chrysalis home, and leaves caterpillar-hood behind. Watch the video!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.