In my former blog I announced that with a lot of caterpillars and chrysalises I will 'return' soon. I collected some (around 80) of the Peacock caterpillars which I found in the border of Mrs van de Breemortels meadow. There are still plenty caterpillars left. To witness a transformation proces is a very special moment and outside it is almost impossible to see it, therefore I sometimes pick-up caterpillars (only the not endangered species!). Having some caterpillars inside always brings me some other information. This year, for the first time I saw the parasitoid of the Peacock as the cocon of the parasitoid wasp came out in an early stage. From the 80 caterpillars only two were infected with this parasitoid. That's not much comparing with the pieris family where is about 60 till 70% infected. Half of the caterpillars transformed into a chrysalis on the day I was at work but the other half transformed yesterday and I had the chance to witness/photograph some of them.
Unfortunately the weather was too bad to photograph the process in their natural habitat outside, so inside, in front of a window with the garden in the background, I photographed some metamorphosises. One of the processes I catched from the front and on this sequence you can see how their little feet are moving up (actually it's the complete caterpillar skin) and disappear....instead a chrysalis appears. What an impressive spectacle!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.