The above litany didn't end there, aside from the hoyas i still chase butterflies, spiders, insects and anything that comes to attention in front of my eyes! Do you think there is a semblance of any normalcy in these activities? The sad thing is, or probably the unusual thing is, these are the things i love to do. I hope there is someone who pays for doing things like these! But at the moment, i have to go back to the abnormal world, the cement jungle, the pollution, the traffic and the unwanted! Anyway, all of these will pass! Time will come!
One day my sister brought me this larva on a leaf. She doesn't know if it becomes a butterfly or a moth, but I don't know either. I photographed its many angles, until both I and the larva got tired and stop.
Search from the net, it looks like the wooly butternut larva. However, we don't have butternut trees in the tropics, i wonder what alternative hosts ours has been munching on. And if my guess is true, it is not a moth nor a butterfly, but one of those stingless wasps. Moths and butterflies are Lepitopterans but wasps are Hymenopterans, they have very different parentage or to be exact, different orders.
This is a leaf of Caesalpinia pulcherrima or Pride of Barbados or dwarf poinciana. Those scattered eggs are from the yellow Eurema hekabe. I've been watching them while egg laying, which is so fast that i can't even get a nice shot. I didn't know egg laying can be so easy!
Two days later, i saw the new hatchlings, the very small larvae crawling just where they attached as eggs. I searched for other leaves looking bigger ones from previous layings, however i didn't see any. There are also no eaten leaves although eggs are being laid in every newly formed leaves. I am now in a dilemma what happened to the larvae, whether they were eaten by what predators! Apparently, i will not be able to see any adult emerging from these two forms of larvae. They either die and not able to reach adulthood, and I am already in the city not being able to look for them if ever anyone of them survived!
You will not be bored in the province, a lot of things can be observed and done. It actually is time that is lacking. Till next time!