The Gaudy baron (Euthalia lubentina ) is a brilliantly colored butterfly. It was an amazing experience raising this butterfly from its egg.
- Gaudy Baron caterpillar emerging from the egg
Caterpillar with egg case
This caterpillar feeds voraciously on Loranthus– (Dendrophthoe falcata) and goes through various instars leaving the moult behind.
Caterpillar’s next instar with its moult
The caterpillar turns into a pupa leaving its spiky outfit . The pupa is very charecteristic of the Euthalia genus , green and quadrangular.
Pupa of Euthalia Lubentina
The picture below shows how compactly the butterfly is packed in the pupa. On the left hand side is the butterfly on the right is the size of the pupa .
Comparison in size of the pupa and the Butterfly
Just before eclosing – Euthalia lubentia
It is amazing sight to see this butterfly coming out of its pupal case slowly unfurling its wings .
Newly eclosed Gaudy baron drying its wings
Brilliant wing patterns on the Gaudy baron Butterfly
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~Rabindranath Tagore
Wing Pattern – Upperside
Upper wing – Gaudy Baron female
After seeing this dazzling butterfly you will agree with me that Brilliant Baron is a suitable description for this butterfly.
I sincerely thank Ashok Sengupta for giving me this opportunity to raise this beautiful butterfly.
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.
This picture shows how tiny the egg is when compared to my finger.
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