A month ago, I discovered four caterpillars eating my nasturtium leaves. I put them in a jar with more leaves, and they all pupated. I posted the story and their photos on September 2, "Sleepy Time".
I put their jar outside in a protected corner. A couple of weeks later, I checked the jar and found three butterflies just hatched, drying out their wings.
|Cabbage whites, Pieris rapae. Butterfly and empty chrysalis.|
|I love those spotty green eyes!|
|All dried out and exploring my kitchen.|
|An empty chrysalis. The butterfly crawled out of that hole in the front.|
|And checking out my window. The males have one spot in the centre of their forewings, the females have two.|
Once they had dried out their wings and had settled down, I captured them one by one and carried them outside. I found it interesting that each one I released immediately flew to land on my silvery-grey car, the colour of our sea and sky on cool days. After a brief pause, they flew up and away, towards the garden. They had only a few warmish days in which to find a mate and lay their eggs.
|Chrysalis # 4. Looks fine, but is inert.|
- Fotos: una mariposa y la crisálida de donde salió.
- Otra. Me encantan esos ojos verdes con sus puntos negros.
- Esta ya tiene las alas secas y está explorando mi cocina.
- Una crisálida vacía. La mariposa salió por la abertura hacia la cabeza de la crisálida.
- Dos mariposas en mi ventana. Los machos tienen una mancha negra en medio de la ala anterior; las hembras tienen dos.