Metamorphosis

Time is moving on for the large white butterflies that visit my garden. While I continue to see the  occasional adult butterflies, their caterpillars have fairly gorged on the nasturtiums and cabbages in the garden. Some of them have even nibbled on the borage leaves, which seem to be far less succulent. Most of the caterpillars are no longer visible. While some of them might have fallen victim to the birds that vitis the garden, others have reached the next stage of their lifecycle, and have begun to pupate.

The pupae will produce more butterflies that will repeat the cycle. A close viewing of a pupa shows the intricate pattern and colours. From afar, they are difficult to spot – a factor that might ensure their survival.

 

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