Thursday, March 15, 2012

Nature Notes/Caterpillars

The few potted lemon plants that I grow have been hosts to caterpillars of the Common Mormon swallowtail butterflies. The other day I was very happy to see three caterpillars on this small plant. If everything goes right, they may turn out to be like the one pictured below (a female). The male does not have the red markings.
Common Mormon butterfly
Caterpillar of the Common Crow butterfly
The fig plant also has a few caterpillars of the Common Crow butterfly. This butterfly has a special place in my heart. It was when I saw the Common Crow butterfly emerge from the chrysalis, dry its wings and fly off, I knew I needed a place to share all the creatures that I see around me. You can see the full grown butterfly on my sidebar. 


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14 comments:

Ginny said...

This butterfly is gorgeous, I have never seen one like it!

Rambling Woods said...

It is a beautiful butterfly and I can understand how one butterfly can be so inspiring...it will be a while before NY sees any butterflies I think..although it is very warm for March..thank you for adding some delicate beauty to Nature Notes...Michelle

MyMaracas said...

What a treat, to see a butterfly emerge from its cocoon. It's a beauty!

The idea of metamorphosis never fails to wow me.

Carver said...

I love how vivid the caterpillar and butterfly are.

ShySongbird said...

Dear Kanak, what a very striking butterfly! So dramatic looking, I do hope the caterpillars are successful. The caterpillar of the other butterfly looks very striking too.

I just enjoyed your previous post also. You do have some lovely birds in your neighbourhood. Those Coral Trees are wonderful magnets :-)

Caroline Gill said...

Your photographs, Kanak, are simply stunning. I am still waiting to see my first caterpillar of the season!

eileeninmd said...

Great sighting of the caterpilar. I am always looking for one and never find them. Lovely shots.

Anita Kumar said...

Kanak, the butterflies must love you. WHen I see a caterpillar, I just shriek and remove it as fast as I can. I've seen them gobbling up leaves in minutes and didn't even think it's worth identifying them. After reading your post, I'm going to be more thoughtful about caterpillars. I've just started a lemon tree in a container but I really want tips to make it grow well. I hope you will post about your lemon tree sometime.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Gorgeous pictures. I always get stuck on your beautiful header shot -- sometimes I forget why I came. How wonderful to see the butterfly emerge. I'm so impressed!

NatureStop said...

Hi Kanak, beautiful shots and I can imagine you...how eager u must been to see the beauties...I have finally managed a post in the blog after all this time...it's still a struggle...so long...

Ruby.

Wendy said...

How lucky you are to have witnessed the birth of a butterfly! Lovely shots as always.

EG CameraGirl said...

I LOVE it when someone is actually happy to see caterpillars. :))

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

A beautiful butterfly and in fact the caterpillar is lovely too. I am working on learning more about butterflies, so this was very interesting to me. Thank you.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

I hit send too soon -- meant to say that I would so much love to see a butterfly emerge -- especially in your own yard...that's wonderful. No wonder this one is so special to you.