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.
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!