The balcony observer's 175th report- Summer is the season of butterflies. (Papilio demoleus)

by Tsao T-F September. 14, 2019 130 views

【 Summer is the season of butterflies. 夏天是蝴蝶的季節。】

This year, there were five caterpillars of the Lemon butterfly (Papilio demoleus) hatching on my balcony: four of them have successfully turned into beautiful butterflies (coincidence? all are girls); one was send to a friend (with two small orange trees together), and later it transformed successfully also. If the butterfly that was send to the other person is not counted, the butterfly of other species is not counted, but the six in the past are counted, then there are totally ten Lemon butterflies with successful metamorphoses on my balcony. 【6 + 4 = 10】

Last year, when I had the fifth one, I took a very serious shot of each step of the transformation of butterfly from larva to adult, which was stated in my 94th to 101st reports (8 in total), and the 102nd report with a video. Welcome to review.

今年共有五隻無尾鳳蝶的幼蟲在我的陽台孵出:其中四隻成功蛻變成美麗的蝴蝶(好巧,都是女生哦);一隻送朋友養(連著兩小盆橘子樹一起送),後來也蛻變成功。如果送人的蝶不算的話,其他品種的蝶也不算的話,加上往年六隻的成果,至今有十隻無尾鳳蝶在我的陽台育成。【6 + 4 = 10】

去年在養第五隻時,很認真的拍攝了毛毛蟲變蝴蝶的每一個步驟,收錄在我的第94號到第101號(共8篇)的報告裡,還有影片剪輯在第102號報告,有興趣的朋友可以參閱。

A small "birds-dropping" caterpillar on a leaf of an orange tree on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 在陽台種的柳丁樹的某葉子上,我發現一隻模擬成鳥大便的幼蟲。

A small "birds-dropping" caterpillar on a leaf of an orange tree on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 在陽台種的柳丁樹的某葉子上,我發現一隻模擬成鳥大便的幼蟲。

This caterpillar is about 7 mm in length. 這隻幼蟲長度約7公釐。

This caterpillar is about 7 mm in length. 這隻幼蟲長度約7公釐。

After eating leaves more than a week and shedding skin, the caterpillar became so big and so green. 吃了一個多禮拜的葉子,並且脫皮後,蟲變得又大又綠。

After eating leaves more than a week and shedding skin, the caterpillar became so big and so green. 吃了一個多禮拜的葉子,並且脫皮後,蟲變得又大又綠。

4.	After the caterpillar ate the half of the leaves, an empty nest of a jumping spider was exposed. And you can see its innocent eyes (in fact, the fake eyes on the back).
被蟲啃掉一半的葉子後,一個跳蛛的空巢穴露了出來,你看牠無辜的眼神(其實是背上花紋形成的假眼)。

4. After the caterpillar ate the half of the leaves, an empty nest of a jumping spider was exposed. And you can see its innocent eyes (in fact, the fake eyes on the back). 被蟲啃掉一半的葉子後,一個跳蛛的空巢穴露了出來,你看牠無辜的眼神(其實是背上花紋形成的假眼)。

Two weeks later, the butterfly climbed out of the pupa. 兩個禮拜後,蝴蝶破蛹而出。

Two weeks later, the butterfly climbed out of the pupa. 兩個禮拜後,蝴蝶破蛹而出。

The newborn Lemon butterfly (Papilio demoleus). 剛誕生的無尾鳳蝶。

The newborn Lemon butterfly (Papilio demoleus). 剛誕生的無尾鳳蝶。

It’s time to say goodbye. Finally, after a period of my care, she successfully spread her wings before leaving. Don't cry... 是說再見的時候了。經過一段時間的照顧,最後,她在離開之前成功地展開了翅膀。 別哭...

It’s time to say goodbye. Finally, after a period of my care, she successfully spread her wings before leaving. Don't cry... 是說再見的時候了。經過一段時間的照顧,最後,她在離開之前成功地展開了翅膀。 別哭...

This summer, there were four beautiful butterflies with successful metamorphoses on my balcony. 今年夏天,在我的陽台上共成功蛻變出四隻美麗蝴蝶。

This summer, there were four beautiful butterflies with successful metamorphoses on my balcony. 今年夏天,在我的陽台上共成功蛻變出四隻美麗蝴蝶。

A butterfly on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 陽台上的蝴蝶

A butterfly on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan 陽台上的蝴蝶

Summer is the season of butterflies. 夏天是蝴蝶的季節。

Summer is the season of butterflies. 夏天是蝴蝶的季節。

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Bethany Plonski 1 month ago

Such beautiful photos! The lemon butterfly has really gorgeous colors and patterns on its wings. It is incredible that all of this takes place on your balcony! smile Thank you for sharing how things develop over time.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month ago

grinning

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Heike 1 month, 1 week ago

Again a wonderful series, Tsao! I've seen very less butterflies this year, and most of them were white. (cabbage white butterfly)

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Tsao T-F Replied to Heike 1 month ago

Dear Heike, Don't be sad. You still have chance to have many butterflies in next year. 
And I feel the cabbage white butterfly is beautiful and cute.grinning
Besides, you may like supporting the Petition 95643. Thank you!
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Camellia Staab 1 month, 1 week ago

I am moving onto your balcony. Loving all the beautiful photos of these gorgeous insects. Thank you for sharing😊

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month ago

Thank you for the feedback, Camellia.grinning
I will post other photos of this series soon.

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