We have a big golden shower at the corner of the street, which is constantly pruned because the branches grow very tall. The growing new shoots always provide a haven for some butterflies, one of which is the common emigrant, Catopsilia pomona. I am glad that there are some larvae at the lowest shoots that i can photograph clearly while on the ground.
This is the branch which has not been fully eaten by the larvae. Other growths are fully defoliated.
The above is the more mature and larger of the green larva, while that at the bottom has wider black stripes at the sides and only a narrower brownish dorsal stripe along the length of its body.
The head part is yellow, spared from the black color of the body. There are iridescent bluish dots on the black sides. At the start, i thought they are of different instars, but later i realized the black is the female and the green is the male.
The wing patterns become more visible but it looks more yellow than green. I am expecting that it will eclose soon, so I watched it most of the time. Eclosion is the process of the adult emergence from the pupa. My nephew and niece also watch it most specially when i eat or go to the toilet, or have to do something important. Three days later on New Year's Day, it's time for me to leave again for the city. It still has not become yet a butterfly. I was a bit frustrated because i cannot document the emerging adult. Besides, the free adults around us are very difficult to photograph, as they fly fast and do not stay long on the flowers enough for me to shoot.
On January two, my niece texted that it was already a butterfly when they woke up. They were not also able to watch the eclosion process. They just said it is so beautifully yellow! I realized that what i reared is the female, more yellow than green.
I guess the adults look like these (above and below), which are shot earlier from previous batches. Below is just a close-up with more details, but they are the same.
Both the above adults are males, which i took some other time in the past. I don't have the picture of the female yet, and they are less in number than the males. Although I failed in some aspects of observation and photos, I also learned a lot. I am sure my niece and nephew also learned much from the experience. I hope next time i stay at home during long weekends, i will again have the opportunity and hopefully conditions be more serendipitous for me to record the process of growth and development.