Saturday, June 4, 2011

Butterfly Hatching Sequence

12.00am, 6/3/2011
The brown coloration is a natural defense mechanism. Caterpillars that pupate near twigs or pieces of wood tend to develop similar coloration
12.40am 6/4/2011-
First signs of eclosure. The chrysalis turns darker in colour and the butterfly is almost fully visible (2nd from right)
10.00am, 6/4/2011
The chrysalis has grown to be fully transparent by now and the wings are fully visible. It won't be long...
10.30am 6/4/2011
10.45am, 6/4/2011
Butterfly climbed to higher ground to promote the transference of hemolymph into the wings.

There's nothing in a caterpillar that tells you that it's going to become a butterfly

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