Recently I found a Common Crow (Euploea core) caterpillar.
Euploea core caterpillar
I decided to track the progress of the amazing chrysalis they make. A beautiful, golden metallic colour, that looks more like a piece of jewelry than anything else.
Euploea core chrysalis
Progess above from Day 1 to about Day 9.
And finally, a beautiful Common Crow butterfly emerges.
Plume moths are one of the most unique moths, in that when they are at rest, they hold their wings (which they roll up) lateral to their body, creating their signature resting ‘T’ shape.
I found this large plume moth resting on my kitchen window.
Uni studies have me pretty swamped anymore, but I had to share my latest find. Here’s a video of a Saunders Case Moth caterpillar I found on an evergreen tree. These guys are usually timid and hide when you approach, but this cutie actually came out for a play.
These case moth caterpillars are one of the largest in Australia, with their cases sometimes reaching 12-15 cm (5-6 inches) long! You can see in the video the caterpillar is nothing to sneeze at either , although as an adult moth they surprisingly small.
The male will pupate and then leave the case to find a suitable mate. The female, who is wingless, will stay in her case indefinitely and await her prince.
My mother-in-law’s yard had the most insect activity I had seen since leaving Byfield. One thing I saw quite regularly, on a few different plants, was the Common Crow caterpillar. I was actually lucky enough to be there long enough to see one form its chrysalis. (Butterflies form a chrysilas, moths form a cocoon.)
Common Crow caterpillar
Day 1 of chrysalis
Day 2 of chrysalis
My mother-in-law hadn’t seen these since her childhood in Julia Creek when they were on the Oleander bushes on her family’s property. And the best part? My awesome mum-in-law let me chop off the branch the chrysalis was on so I could bring it home. I’m still waiting on the butterfly’s arrival but am having lots of fun watching it.
More to come!
Look what I found on my tomato plant! It’s some sort of caterpillar inside of a silken/web cocoon. I’m assuming it is a tomato/cabbage looper of some sort but I need to do a bit more research to find out for sure. But since my garden is completely overgrown, I’m not really picky about who takes up residence. So, I think I’ll wait this one out and see what emerges. Stay tuned!