Friends in my garden- 61

Two Butterflies

Lime butterfly

This time, two butterflies! These beauties were captured in my garden. Easy to shoot, as they are generally fond of enjoying the morning sunlight.

Lime butterfly (Papilio demoleus) is also known as Lemon butterfly and is a common visitor in gardens wherever the host plants of the species, Citrus plants, are cultivated. No wonder they are regular visitors in my garden! The common names suggest their host plant on which the life cycle is completed. Those who are interested can have a look at the stages of LIFE CYCLE that I captured in my garden.

Lemon pansy

Lemon pansy (Junonia lemonias) is a common species found in a wide variety of habitats and is distributed across India. It can be commonly seen in gardens, parks and wastelands.
The butterflies are usually seen in twos and threes, either basking on low foliage, or nectaring on flowers.
Though not brightly coloured, Lemon pansies are very beautiful with lovely designs on the wings. These butterflies do not use Citrus plants as their host plant.

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