The Butterfly Family in My Backyard

Still working on the Berlin post! So much ground to cover…it’s difficult picking out the highlights! I could certainly write a short novel on our trip!

I had spotted the butterflies on the lantana and laying eggs on the maypop. Once the caterpillar grew, it was hard to miss it! I finally found the eggs and later what might be the first instar! Below are the family portraits.

Gulf Fritillary Savoring a Lantana

An Insatiable Caterpillar

 

 Visible at the top right of the photo, an empty egg [dull yellow], just below, a red egg [they are usually bright yellow], and at the fork in the vine near center of the photo, a tiny, probably first instar caterpillar!

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