Last Sunday morning I noticed that the two caterpillars of the Painted Lady were hanging upside down in the 'get ready to transform into a chrysalis' position. In the first place I was very happy that this occurs on Sunday and secondly that I had no appointments made for that day. With a cup of coffee and the camera in the right position I started waiting....and waiting....and waiting. Hours later, just when the light was perfect the caterpillar started to move up and down and up and down and....stopped.
Some later when the sky was painted black, the Painted Lady started to transform....and that's how it often goes....waiting for nothing!
In the meantime all the caterpillars of the Peacock are transformed into a chrysalis and in contrast to my former a lot of them fall victim to parasitoids.
A kind of 'worm' emerges the chrysalis through a slimy track, moves a bit and than it falls down to the ground to transform some later into a dark brown/black cocoon. At the moment about 50 to 60% of all chrysalises are brown with a slime path on it. Nature takes it course and while I'm writing this blog something unexpected is happening.....
27/8/2014 12:47:10 pm
Hoi Silvie, fraaie opname's, ben benieuwd naar het vervolg, ik heb ook 1 pop nu, van de Distelvlinder, De gehakkelde was uitgeslopen, zonder dat ik het merkte, toen ik hem buiten zette om kiek te maken, en camera ging pakken was hij gevlogen!
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Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.