It's not an April Fools' joke but on this 1st of April I saw the first butterflies of 2016 and one of the eggs of the Purple Hairstreak has hatched. In a forest nearby I first saw a Peacock Butterfly and some later a male Brimstone. In an other forest a Comma Butterfly and two other Brimstones crossed my path. What a nice 1st of April!
It took some time and I needed a magnifier but finally I traced the tiny little new born caterpillar which already had reached an oak bud in which he had eaten a hole. It costs the caterpillar a day but finally he disappeared in the oak bud:
All images are taken with the Canon MP-E 65 mm lens. The first image on which also the empty egg is visible has a 1:1 magnification; the other three have a 5:1 magnification. The next time I will see this caterpillar he will have an other size.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.