And Thus She Fluttered By…

You may recall the cute, wide-eyed (fake ones those!), chubby, bright green Fifth Instar Caterpillar of the Common Mormon butterfly (Papilio polytes) whom I introduced in my post of August 11 titled ‘For Your Eyes Only!’. Well, I have been keeping an eye on it ever since, and as expected, after a couple of days, … Continue reading And Thus She Fluttered By…

For Your Eyes Only!

Caterpillars of moths and butterflies, due to their very vulnerable disposition, are known to take remarkable anti-predatory measures. During the early stages of instar (a phase between two consecutive periods of molting) the caterpillars, due to their diminutive size, can blend in with the host plant by hiding and through camouflage. However, as they continue … Continue reading For Your Eyes Only!

Leaving Behind the Chrysalis…

What was inside this chrysalis has flown. Yes, I do have pictures of the beauty that emerged from within, dried its wings and took first flight, and those pictures will follow. This post is a precursor to draw attention to the beauty that a chrysalis is! Contrary to popular belief butterfly caterpillars do not form … Continue reading Leaving Behind the Chrysalis…