Development stages of the cabbage white butterfly (Pieris brassicae)

June 2009

The following photos are made in my biotope and describe some development stages of the cabbage white butterfly:

The female butterfly puts its eggs neatly on the leaf of a plant:

Inside these tiny little eggs the little caterpillars develop:

Time has come: the just about 5 millimeter sized caterpillars left the embryonic membrane:

Here the large white butterfly caterpillar is already to be seen, who really lives up to its name and enjoys eating a cabbage leaf:

Well and what they eat on the front end has to come out on the rear end!

These caterpillars pupate and out of the cocoon hatches out this butterfly:

The pupation I unfortunately was not yet able to take pictures. But the day may come!

July 2009

Birgit Kremer

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