Plain Tiger Butterfly Pupa

When the caterpillars of Plain Tiger or African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus) mature, they stop eating and leave the host plant in search of a safer place to pupate. However sometime they even pupate on the host plant. The plain tiger butterfly pupa (Chrysalis) hangs freely head-down from the support. It is widest at the 7th abdominal segment where it has a double chain of extremely tiny golden and black beads. There are tiny golden spots on the shoulders and wing-cases. In the start the pupa is of pale green color, then it turns pink and in the last it becomes brown and dries up. The pupa takes about 6-7 days to metamorphose into butterfly depending on temperature.

Plain Tiger Butterfly Pupa
African Monarch Pupa
African Monarch Pupa
African Monarch Pupa
African Monarch Pupa
African Monarch Pupa

2 comments:

Osaid said...

Beautiful shots and thanks for info.

birdy said...

Thanks Osaid you too for your comment and appreciation.