More Emergence

3rd June 2009, Wednesday

At the end of summer last year, one of village residents brought me a bag of sweet pea foliage on which were several tiny caterpilars from her garden. I kept them in a plastic dish with a bit of netting over the top, changing their sweet pea food every day. When they were almost fully grown (below), I released most of them, but kept two, providing them with a bit of moist compost to pupate, which they subsequently did in mid October. This morning I was delighted to find that one of them has emerged (bottom). It is a Cabbage Moth, a common and variable species which as the name suggests often feeds on cabbage and related plants, where it can be something of a pest!

Cabbage Moth caterpillar

Cabbage Moth (adult)