Mrs B's Great Adventure (18) Almost here by jesika2

Mrs B's Great Adventure (18) Almost here

Pre-eclosion pupae, female above, male below.
When the "tails" of the pupae have become creamy coloured, the chrysalis splits at the head and the imago emerges, scrambles for footage on the empty chrysallis, pumps blood into the wings, zips the proboscis together, passes "meconium" and waits patiently until the wings are dry.
The 4 pupae have all eclosed, 2 male, 2 female and have fled the nest. 12 more pupae and about 6 caterpillars remain.
I managed to video 2 eclosions and even have the first flight of one of the females.
Super shots x
June 19th, 2018  
wow this is fascinating :)
June 19th, 2018  
@fbailey @koalagardens Thank you, Ladies. It's over now, in my house at least. There are a few more images of eclosion and first flight then it's over for 365 too. I won't be showing the second & third series unless something interesting happens.
June 20th, 2018  
I'm looking at these backwards, great shot.
June 21st, 2018  
@joev Thanks, Joe. They have fled the nest and hopefully will live long and happy butterfly lives. Brimstones can live up to 13 months, a VERY long time for lepidopterae.
June 21st, 2018  
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