Beauty of local butterflies – Have you taken a closer look before?

Late last month, one of our “Science It” Facebook page posts  (the colouring activity based on the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly) attracted some comments in a Facebook butterfly interest group.

We are heartened by the responses and noted the feedback by our local community to also showcase some local species of butterflies. We are happy to be granted permission by Lena Chow, one of the member of the Facebook butterfly interest group to share some of the photographs she have taken of the life cycles of 2 common local species. The captions were also provided by Lena.

Painted Jezebel Life Cycle

Jezebel (E-closed)
A beautiful freshly-eclosed female, with an unusually large amount of yellow on wings (Photo by Lena Chow)
Jezebel (caterpillars)
Hungry hairy caterpillars (Photo by Lena Chow)
Jezebel pupas (Photo by Lena Chow)
Jezebel pupas (Photo by Lena Chow)
A male and a female (darker) ready to eclose
A male and a female (darker) ready to eclose (Photo by Lena Chow)

Common Grass Yellow Life cycle

Common Grass Yellow (E-closed)
Common Grass Yellow butterfly (Photo by Lena Chow)
Caterpillar (Photo by Lena Chow)
Caterpillar (Photo by Lena Chow)
Pre-pupa which is strung up by a silk thread and ready to pupate (Photo by Lena Chow)
Pre-pupa which is strung up by a silk thread and ready to pupate (Photo by Lena Chow)
Pupa (Photo by Lena Chow)
Pupa (Photo by Lena Chow)
Pupa again (Photo by Lena Chow)
Pupa again but close to eclosion (Photo by Lena Chow)

Pretty photos, aren’t they? If you have your own sightings and would like to share them with us, please feel free to drop us a note or comment here!

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