Oleander Butterfly Life Cycle

Oleander Butterfly Euploea core has has a distinctive silvery pupa otherwise known as a chrysalis. This how I was able to identify this species on a ficus outside my front door. I was very lucky to find a caterpillar to photograph too. I watched and waited and was able to capture the full life cycle over the next few weeks.

The pupa stage lasted a couple weeks, it started silvery and then I was able to see the butterfly developing inside the transparent pupal skin. My patience paid off and I was able to photograph the newly emerge adult butterfly. The butterfly was ready to fly within a few hours of emerging.

Image Gallery of the Oleander Butterfly Euploea core

All images copyright Karen Player

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