Tag Archives: caterpillar

Common Crow butterfly chrysalis

9 Mar

Recently I found a Common Crow (Euploea core) caterpillar.

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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.

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Euploea core chrysalis

Progess above from Day 1 to about Day 9.

And finally, a beautiful Common Crow butterfly emerges.

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The Emergence!

15 Oct

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

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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. 

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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.

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

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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! 

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