Saturday, 21 February 2009

Lemon Migrant & Ants

We have been able to watch these Lemon Migrant Butterfly caterpillars all the way from egg to almost chrysalis stage. Not long after these photos were taken they were nowhere to be found. These caterpillars were feeding on a Brewster's Cassia which we have in a pot until we find room in our yard.

Lemon Migrant (Catopsilia pomona pomona)

I think there must be a lot of rain coming soon for the ants have been building for quite a while now. Last night they had all their work flattened from a storm in which we had 51mm of rain. This morning they were hard at work rebuilding as these photos show.

Ant Nests


Gouldiae said...

G'day Neil,
How about the colour of that caterpillar - exactly the shade of its host leaf.
Bit hard to beat the industriousness, (is that a new word?), of an ant colony.

Neil said...

Thanks Gouldiae the ants are hard at work again more rain overnight.