We found an Emigrant laying egg in the Cassia tree. It was amazing to see this butterfly fly around and lay about twenty eggs in a span of 10 minutes. We wanted to observe it closely so took an egg home with a few leaves of the host plant. As we reached home I stored some leaves in the fridge so that the caterpillar could feed on till it becomes the pupa.
We kept observing the egg waiting for it to hatch. After two days I could see some movement on the tip of the egg. Thanks to the macro lens when we focused on the egg we found a tiny caterpillar whose color was similar to the egg emerge out of it.
The Emigrant caterpillar came out of the egg shell it wandered around a bit and then started to eat its own eggshell. It was really amazing to see a caterpillar of this size to come out of its egg case and eat its own egg.
I wanted to share some images of this caterpillar.
In about 10 minutes the egg case had disappeared .
Photo credits : Kannan