13 September 2010


I bought this Common Lime (Family: Rutaceae) plant for one purpose and one purpose only. I didn't buy it to harvest the limes but bought it to feed the Lime Butterfly caterpillars.

This plant is almost defoliated completely because the females kept coming to lay their eggs and the caterpillars kept growing, one after another. To me, that is a good sign. But the irritating thing is I never get to see the caterpillars pupate. The Lime Butterfly caterpillars have a habit of hiding very well from predators when they pupate and I could never find them.

I only get to see their fras. Spotting the fras is the first step towards finding them, especially when their green bodies camouflage very well amongst the green leaves.