26 October, 2008

Big Greasy steps out

This is how the Big Greasy, Cressida cressida, pupa looked for most of its time.
Then one evening I saw the colour had changed. Over a few hours the pupa darkened dramatically. I expected that it would emerge in the morning.In the morning it looked like this.When I came home at lunch time the butterfly was already well on its was to spreading its wings.

It was still the next morning before the Big Greasy flew. I wonder if it had been a warm sunny day, would it have taken so long. The conditions were cool with light rain.

1 comment:

mick said...

That's a very nice series of shots showing the emergence of the butterfly.