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Aporia crataegi - chrysallis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 September 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Aporia crataegi (NL: Groot geaderd witje - pop/ EN: Black-veined White - chrysalis / DE: Baum-Weißling - Puppe / FR: Gazé, Piéride de l’aubépine - Chrysalide) is the only large (size is 56–68 mm.) white butterfly with all the veins lined black and lacks any other marks to be found in Europe. It belongs to the family of Pieridae. It lives in meadows with scrub or cultivated areas with fruit trees. Larvae feed on various fruit tree species (Prunus) and Blackthorn plus Hawthorns (Crataegus) and a few other bushes and can be found from may till july.

A chrysalis (Latin chrysallis, from Greek χρυσαλλίς = chrysallís, pl: chrysalides, also known as an aurelia) or nympha is the pupal stage of butterflies. The term is derived from the metallic gold-coloration found in the pupae of many butterflies, referred to by the Greek term χρυσός (chrysós) for gold. When the caterpillar is fully grown, it makes a button of silk which it uses to fasten its body to a leaf or a twig. Then the caterpillar's skin comes off for the final time. Under this old skin is a hard skin called a chrysalis.

I found this empty chrysalis on the same plant holding the couple in previous post.

Image: Soglio (CH) – 12/07/2012

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States


6 Sep 2012 6:07am

marceline from tournai, Belgium

quelle merveille !!!

6 Sep 2012 6:09am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


6 Sep 2012 9:16am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Terrific MACRO !!

6 Sep 2012 9:17am

christine from schoten, Belgium

Ik wist niet dat een pop zo mooi kon zijn ... prachtige belichting!

6 Sep 2012 7:20pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so beautiful colors & lights!!

6 Sep 2012 7:52pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent! Superb macro shot. Astonishing sharpness. Well done!

6 Sep 2012 9:28pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

excellent photo, it must be difficult to photograph something of a background color the same color and do well. is a luxury!!! a hug. Alejandra

7 Sep 2012 1:17am

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm