Friends in My Garden- 52

Lime Butterfly

B1
Pupal stage

It’s the life of a Lime butterfly (Papilio demoleus)….the cycle that is completed in my garden.
I could get all stages but eggs.

The common names, Lime butterfly or Lemon butterfly, refer to their host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime.

The caterpillars are voracious eaters and pass through five instars (stages) before pupating. My citrus plant was pretty much ravaged by them. Here I am presenting only two stages.

After the last stage, the caterpillar stays immobile and secretes a liquid to form the pupal case that hangs from the stem of the plant with a silky thread or girdle.
The butterfly emerges after nine days from the pupa.

B2
Caterpillar-Third instar
B3
Fifth instar
B4
Just after emerging from pupa

 

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