Long-tailed Skipper Chrysalides

misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)May 19, 2012

I brought in three long-tailed skipper cats to raise myself. They're all on the "weed" Desmodium paniculata here, and it stays fresh in water for a long time, so it's not too hard to raise them.

Two of them have made their reddish brown chrysalis. It looks like somebody sprinkled powdered sugar on it -

This picture shows the "face" -


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MissSherry, those are such cool photos! I've often hoped to see images of other butterfly larvae and pupae that we don't discuss that often here, and the Long-Tailed Skipper is certainly one of those. Will probably not see in Oklahoma, but I find them fascinating just the same. There are so many interesting species South of us and I hope to see more of them.

Thanks for sharing these! Love that face!


    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 10:12PM
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Hmmm.. my first post didn't show up. Soo...Those definitely look like they were rolled in sugar! What is that?!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 10:22AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Love the photos. Great detail. As Susan said, one we'll never see here unless it gets blown up in a hurricane!


    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 12:14PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

According to what I've read, long-tailed skippers, like many other skippers but not all, exude a wax that makes the chrysalis appear frosted. I've linked to an interesting article. I love the long-tailed skipper adults - their teal coloring is unique and very beautiful!
And by the way, the last of the three cats is pupating now.

I've used Canons, Lumix, and Kodak point-and-shoot cameras, and my last one, the Lumix, gave out recently - as usual, the lens lost its retractability and got stuck in the "out" position. So I ordered a simple Canon PowerShot Elph100HS from B&H - thanks, Sandy! - for barely over $100, and I've noticed right away that it makes much clearer pictures than the Lumix and the Kodak - the last time my pix were this clear was when I had my other Canon, which was a more expensive model. I figured if it had the Canon parts, it would still be good, just like a Toyota and Lexus both have the same engines. I thought about upgrading to the Canon Rebel SLR, but having a camera that I can carry in my pocket is important to me, so I'll just buy a new one every few years when the lens gets stuck!

I still don't have any gulf frit eggs or cats, not even any variegated frits, which returned last year. Maybe later....


Here is a link that might be useful: Long-tailed Skipper Information

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 1:23PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

The first long-tailed skipper has emerged. It didn't want to pose for its picture in the cage, and the porch is real shady. This is the best picture I could get -

When it left the cage, it didn't stop to pose on a bush or tree, just flew out FAST!! I think it's a female, because its teal coloring is subdued, but it might be a male - sometimes butterflies just look extra dark when they first emerge.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 10:08PM
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