The balcony observer's 267th report- 4 Greens + 1 Brown (Papilio demoleus) 無尾鳳蝶 四綠一褐

by Tsao T-F August. 29, 2020 214 views

【4 Greens + 1 Brown, Lemon butterflies (Papilio demoleus), pupae,無尾鳳蝶結蛹,四綠一褐】

Before a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it has to go through the step of pupation. I'm not sure why some pupae maintain a green appearance, and some pupae will turn brown later. I guess it may be associated with colors around these pupae (Protective coloration?).

毛毛蟲要變成蝴蝶之前,要先經過結蛹的步驟。我不確定為什麼有些蛹維持著綠色的外表,有些蛹之後會再轉成褐色。我猜,大概跟蛹周遭的顏色有關吧(保護色?)。

When the larvae stop eating, they will pupate. 當幼蟲不再進食的時候,就是要結蛹了。

When the larvae stop eating, they will pupate. 當幼蟲不再進食的時候,就是要結蛹了。

Among them, these two larvae transformed first. This is the pre-pupa stage. 在這群幼蟲當中,這兩隻幼蟲最先變身。這是前蛹期。

Among them, these two larvae transformed first. This is the pre-pupa stage. 在這群幼蟲當中,這兩隻幼蟲最先變身。這是前蛹期。

This is the third one. This is the pre-pupa stage, too. 這是第三隻。這也是前蛹期。

This is the third one. This is the pre-pupa stage, too. 這是第三隻。這也是前蛹期。

The third has formed a pupa. It is green. 第三隻已形成蛹。它是綠色的。

The third has formed a pupa. It is green. 第三隻已形成蛹。它是綠色的。

These are the first two shot in the morning, and they are also green. 這是在早上拍攝的頭兩隻,也是綠色的。

These are the first two shot in the morning, and they are also green. 這是在早上拍攝的頭兩隻,也是綠色的。

This is the third one shot in the morning. 這是在早上拍攝的第三隻。

This is the third one shot in the morning. 這是在早上拍攝的第三隻。

This is the fifth larva near the root of the tree.  Next to the larva is the empty shell after a butterfly leaving in last year. 這是第五隻在靠近樹根的地方。旁邊是去年蝴蝶離蛹後的空蛹殼。

This is the fifth larva near the root of the tree. Next to the larva is the empty shell after a butterfly leaving in last year. 這是第五隻在靠近樹根的地方。旁邊是去年蝴蝶離蛹後的空蛹殼。

The fifth climbed to the wooden board at the foot of the wall. 第五隻爬到牆腳的木板上。

The fifth climbed to the wooden board at the foot of the wall. 第五隻爬到牆腳的木板上。

The fourth one pupated on the plastic box and was green. 第四隻在塑膠盒上結蛹了,是綠色的。

The fourth one pupated on the plastic box and was green. 第四隻在塑膠盒上結蛹了,是綠色的。

The pupa (fifth) on the wooden board turned into wood color. 木板上的蛹(第五隻)果然變成木頭色。

The pupa (fifth) on the wooden board turned into wood color. 木板上的蛹(第五隻)果然變成木頭色。

to be continued... (未完待續...)

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Jay Boggess 3 months ago

Fascinating report on these incredible creatures! Wonderful camera work and commentary!
Always a treat!
+1grinning+1

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 3 months ago

Thank you, Jay. Always like your words.smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months ago

Thank You!
+1grinning+1

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Helen Anders 3 months, 1 week ago

Isn’t nature amazing.  What a great series of photos and how lucky for you to have a front-row seat to its metamorphoses!  Thanks for sharing! 😊

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Tsao T-F Replied to Helen Anders 3 months ago

Thanks, Helen. I'm really lucky. And I like what you call "a front-row seat".

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Helen Anders Replied to Tsao T-F 3 months ago

You’re welcome, Tsao!  Have a great day!

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 1 week ago

Excellent photos Tsao! Long time ago as a child, I remember reading/someone telling me, that the reason the pupa are different colors; green/brown is because some turn into butterflies and others into moths. I am not sure if that is true or just an old wive's tale. Anyway, as always very nice close ups.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months ago

Haha, it must be a tale, not true. There are many different appearances and colors of pupae to butterflies as well as moths. But, I like your saying, and I seem to have heard the same story in my childhood.

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Antonio Gil 3 months, 1 week ago

Amazing work once more. Love your narrative my friend

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Tsao T-F Replied to Antonio Gil 3 months ago

Thank you, Antonio. Always like your compliments.grinning

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Bob Chappell 3 months, 1 week ago

This is brilliant. I joined Photoblog to see photos like this and read the background to each picture (or set), Thank you for this.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bob Chappell 3 months ago

Haha, welcome to join Photoblog, my friend. I am 3 years old here.
I like to share ideas with friends and get inspired by them. Hope you like this place more and more. 
And glad you like my post and read the background. I am not good at English or biology. If you find any errors, please let me know. Thank you!smile

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