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Friday, April 08, 2011

Bumper Crop


After the initial mass march of the mourning cloak caterpillars, there has been a continuing trickle of them out of the elms and into the darnedest places to pupate.  On the house, yes, but also on a ficus trunk

on the fence,

in a euryops shrub,

and on a bucket.

This year's bumper crop of mourning cloaks continues to unfold; I found the pupa on the bucket rim as I was rummaging in random "stuff" in the back yard.  You can see this pupa has turned dark, the wing markings are visible and I correctly assumed it would soon eclose.  Within a few hours of finding the pupa I found it had emerged.

Below the butterfly is the stain of meconium on the bucket.

Here is a close view of the attachment of the pupa to the smooth surface of the bucket by means of a silk patch and a hook.



Randy Emmitt said...

So these Mourning Cloaks did you collect and raise them? I rarely find the cats and usually they are first instar.

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