Last weekend I went out to search for some caterpillars of the Painted Lady but instead I found a lot of caterpillars of the Red Admiral and the Small Tortoiseshell. The caterpillar of the Red Admiral lives solitary and well hidden between the Stinging Nettles in a kind of nest. Finding some of them gave me the opportunity to photograph their hiding behaviour.
All the chrysalises of the Peacock emerged this week.....unfortunatly they did this on my working days or at night! Two chrysalises were hanging close together and when the colours of the butterfly was visible I was happy that it was my day off and that the weather was perfect. I started 'waiting' after sunrise and stopped at sunset without an emergence of one of them. The next morning they were hanging on the empty chrysalis. I consider to search for a new hobby!
As almost all the chrysalises of the Peacock emerged now I set my hopes on the chrysalises of the Painted Lady, Comma Butterfly or Red Admiral.....otherwise I will really change my hobby.
Fortunately the Map Butterflies stayed in the garden and a few days ago I noticed one comming out of the Stinging Nettles....the circle of life continues!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.