I am so happy to share that we have discovered new butterflies in our garden.
Missed our posts on our save-the-caterpillars project last year? Click here to back read.
Technically, the new butterflies/caterpillars are not in our garden because the host plant , the acapulco is right in the border of our property and that of our neighbor. The neighbors do not seem to care about the plant so I am claiming it to be ours. Manang Lydia said in Samar, acapulco is considered a weed but I think it is to pretty to chop down.
After diligent observation for about 2 months, we now have a better understanding of the life cycle. I still have yet to find out what kind of butterfly this is so Bostjan, if you are reading this, feel free to jump in and share your expertise with us again.
Remember this Vet for A Day post? Aki nurtured an injured butterfly back to health. It was the first time for us to see a green butterfly in our garden. We never saw one again until late last year. While opening the gate, I saw a green butterfly in labor. I know how a butterfly in labor looks like because I have seen a lot of other butterflies lay eggs in our calamansi plant. They flap their wings faster. They don’t care if your face is 2 inches away which is unusual because normal butterflies will fly away as soon as they sense that you are coming. The eggs come out of the tail.
My dear one playing with his new pets.
He even came up with a caterpillar race for them similar to the one he made for the chubby pets from last year.
Let’s look at the life cycle, shall we?
Here is how the eggs look like. See the white lice-look-a-like thing?
The teeny beety baby caterpillar
which will grow bigger
1) It hides in the underside of leaves making it difficult for birds to see them
2) The color of the cocoon almost matches the leaves.You almost did not see it in the picture, did you?
3) Acapulco is well loved by bees which I think scares the enemies.
4) The cocoon transforms into a butterfly faster. In 24 hours or less, the hanging caterpillar will become a butterfly. For our calamansi caterpillars, this process took 3-5 days.
In this picture alone, there are 4 empty white cocoons. All successful hatch stories without any tulle protection from me.