Wednesday 13 May 2020

Completing The Cycle.

A few posts back some of you may remember the photos of the Wall Brown larva changing into a pupa.

On Friday last week the cycle was completed as the female Wall Brown emerged.

Although I missed the actual emergence by just a few minutes, my target of being able to see the formed wing in the pupa was achieved and the sex of the butterfly could be seen just by that!!

I have included here one or two pictures from earlier to show the complete change from when the larva had just started to change to the pupa stage.

The change starts 3/4/2020.

The pupa 03/05/2020.

Wing Pattern starting to develop 06/05/2020.

Pupa darkening as butterfly develops further 07/05/2020.

The top-wing showing through the pupa case. 08/05/2020 at 8.57am.

Female Wall Brown drying wings. 08/05/2020 at 9.55am.

For those observant ones amongst you the pupa actually fell off the perch on the 4th of May and was glued back on!!  That is why the position changed slightly.

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