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
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