In September I noticed this tiny caterpillar on a citrus plant in my back yard. Since the plant wasn't doing well, I took the caterpillar and placed it on a leaf of a lemon plant in my front yard. It moved around on the new leaf and must've wondered why on earth someone had taken it out of its comfort zone:) After some baby-wriggles, it seemed to settle down.
Citrus and Curry Leaf plants are the food of the Common Mormon. The caterpillar hatches in three days and goes through five instars before it turns into a pupa.
Keep on chomping as many leaves you can! I thought caterpillars moved to another leaf after finishing off the first one. But this one went from one half-eaten leaf to the other, and then back to the first one!
Although I've seen and photographed caterpillars several times, they have always disappeared before I could get the shots of all the different stages. With so many birds coming everyday, it's a wonder this one is still safe! But for a while I was afraid the same thing had happened. I couldn't locate the pupa on the citrus plant. It'd somehow gone to the hibiscus bush (some of the branches are within a hair's breadth). I hope I can photograph it emerging as a butterfly. But if it chooses to do that at 3.50 AM then my only chance will be gone!!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau