In my recent post about swallowtail butterflies I mentioned that in some cases, as many as 50% of the pupae of a typical clutch will have been cannibalized and an ichneumon wasp will hatch instead of a butterfly. Ichneumon wasps inject their eggs into (among other things) swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. There, the egg hatches and slowly eats the living butterfly caterpillar. Yes, this is really gruesome. I’ve seen multiple fly larvae come out of the living caterpillars of other butterfly species.
The swallowtail butterfly (papilio machao) is native to Europe and North America. It’s one of my personal favorites. Regrettably, they are on the “red list” in Bavaria, which means they are in danger of extinction.
I am quite sure that it’s not my eyes, my glasses are relatively new.
I spend a lot of time outdoors, not only due to the regular walks with Tobi but also time outside with the camera. This is the second summer in a row I’ve noticed that there not only a lot less butterflies, but also a lot less insects than there used to be.
…is the name of this marvelously tiny butterfly, native not only to Germany. Little blue butterflies are native to Europe, the United Kingdom and north America and belong to the Wikipedia: lycaenidae family.
(I’ve got to post a few pics the next couple of days to get those Christmas post from eight (ouch) years ago off of the starter page).
Ravings of a Sane Lunatic
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