Coming home from work yesterday I noticed that something had been nibbling on my new lime tree! Well, this is not good, as it is just a very small lime - but what to do! Very interesting looking catterpillars, and there were two of them. I picked a few branches of my neighbours kaffir lime tree and put them into a vase. Then carefully transferred the catterpillars to their new home.
She thinks it is a ulysses butterfly - how lovely!
Funnily enough I have another plant in the back that was specially chosen as a ulysses catterpillar host, but figured these might have a preference for the citrus flavour! The ulysses butterflies are difficult to catch on film as you can only see their iridescent blue wings when they are flitting around. (very fast!)
When I stepped back I found yet another catterpillar, .... a different type!
A while back I was fascinated to see the wonderful post written on the Flower Hills Farm blog - to see that follow this link - monarch-marveler-momentous-migration Gosh I hope I can capture some photos half as good as hers....