These butterflies are common in the mountains of North Carolina. I stumbled up on several on the bank of a small stream. This one stood it's ground as I approached and allowed me to capture several shots from 3-4 inches away. Then it slowly lifted off and circled me. As I researched what type this butterfly was I came across images of it's caterpillar stage. Wildly enough, just a few days earlier I have snapped off a few frames of a strange caterpillar, it turns out they are one in the same.
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