Large Cabbage White Butterfly Life Cycle


Cabbage White Butterfly Life Cycle Diagram

1st Stage: Eggs
The female Large Cabbage White Butterfly-تتلی (Pieris Brassicae) lays eggs on the host plants in the cabbage family. The Eggs are laid in clusters. The cylindrical eggs are yellow and ridged lengthwise. The eggs hatch in about 4-8 days depending on temperature.

Large Cabbage White Butterfly Eggs
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Eggs
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Eggs


2nd Stage: Larva/Caterpillar
The caterpillars are yellowish green with yellow lines and black spots. They initially feed in cluster. They feed on the host plants in the cabbage family. Because of their preference for cultivated varieties of Brassica oleracea , they are consider as a pest. The larva stage lasts for about two weeks.

Large Cabbage White Butterfly Larvae/Caterpillars
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Larvae/Caterpillars
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Larvae/Caterpillars
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Larvae/Caterpillars
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Mature Caterpillar
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Pre-Pupa Caterpillar

3rd Stage: Pupa/Chrysalis
On maturity the caterpillar attach itself to leaf or branch head up with an abdominal support. It shade the skin with in 24 hours and a yellowish pale green pupa with black spots appears. The pupal stage last for about 8-10 days.

Large Cabbage White Butterfly Pupa/Chrysalis
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Pupa
Cabbage White Butterfly
Large Cabbage White Butterfly Pupa

4th Stage: Adult Butterfly
When the pupa matures the wings of butterfly become visible and after a few hours the skin splits and the adult butterfly crawls out from pupa. At first, the wings are wet and folded and the body is fat .The butterfly pumps its wings to move fluid from its body into its wings. The excess fluid is expelled from body. When the wings expand, it take an hour to dry and harden. And finally the butterfly becomes capable of flight.

Newly Emerged Large Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly

6 comments:

Ele ^_^ said...

Really beautiful macros ^^ See ya.. ^^

TM Cleland said...

Fantastic images. Beautifully done!

Muhammad khabbab said...

What beautiful images.I envy you because you capture so many butterflies.Can you kindly help me identify the last two butterflies in this post of mine. Thanks.

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Jacqueline said...

Wow! Such awesome captures of its life cycle...what an enjoyable treat for me! Thanks for sharing!

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story song said...

a life cycle of butterflies. Beautiful. There are countless types of butterflies. nature is so beautiful, you have shared the story well.