Tag Archives: caterpillar

Common Crow butterfly chrysalis

9 Mar

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.


The Emergence!

15 Oct

Today got off to an amazing start. I went to check on the chrysalis as usual and noticed this…


Can you see the wings??
And I read that once you can see the wings through the chrysalis, the emerging happens quickly. So, of course I was stalking it as I was trying to get two kids ready for school and get a baby dressed.  And wouldn’t you know it, I missed the actual unveiling!

I’ve watched this thing go from caterpillar to chrysalis and patiently checked on it multiple times a day just to be able to see it happen. But nature has a clock of her own and you’ve got to be diligent (and quick) to keep up.

And, as the website(s) had warned, I went back in to find a perfect butterfly resting on the empty chrysalis. 


And, although I cursed myself for taking too long making toast this morning, I was truly happy to see it there.

I took it outside, after I saw some wing movement, and placed it in the Mock Orange bush where it continued to dry its wings and eventually flew away and onto the rest of its life.



Here’s a picture of the evolution from caterpillar to butterfly.


Quick Post-Tomato plant stowaway

7 Sep

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!