Sunday, October 21, 2007

Urban Wildlife

Observing around the tiny green space around the house can be rewarding for a wildlife lover. Here is something whic fascinated me for over two weeks.
Can you make out the pupa on the curry leaves branch? It is shaped and coloured like a curry leaf.

The second photo is a close up of the pupa.
The third one is the empty pupa. Though I kept observing the branch everyday for more than 10 days, the butterfly flew away early morning one day leaving the empty cocoon for me to document. I could not verify what the butterfly (the pupa could be that of a moth too) waslike, when it spread its wings and flew away.

I am also including the pic of a commonly seen butterfly which sits on the curry leaves tree. May be this is the butterfly whose metamorphosis I witnessed!


sp said...

Good work . Its a Common Jay butterfly which is very swift and active seen in Delhi .Keep it up

IndianWildlifeClub said...

Thank you Surya. Thanks for identifying the butterfly and pupa. Susan

Sunita said...

The pupa looks very much like that of the Common Mormon (which also uses the Curry Leaf plant as a host plant for its babies). I was lucky enough to record one of these in my blog. Ta look :