JaseJ's picture

Large White butterfly with eggs

Observed: 23rd July 2009 By: JaseJJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in InvertebratesJaseJ’s reputation in Invertebrates
Large White butterfly with eggs
Eggs of the Large White butterfly
Description:

Found on the underside of a large leaf, next to a small patch of eggs.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Large White (Pieris brassicae) interacts

Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Butterfly and eggs

Very nice photos.

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JaseJ's picture

Thanks Graham, but I could do

Thanks Graham, but I could do better - these are a touch too over exposed for my liking.

I checked on the eggs this morning and almost all have gone. Is it more likely that something has eaten them or have they just fallen off the leaf? I assume the caterpillars won't have hatched and dispersed so quickly.

Martin Harvey's picture

egg predation

Good question JaseJ, and I don't know the answer. According to my books the eggs need at least four days before they hatch, and even then you'd still see some of the empty shell left behind. I can only guess at it being predation by a bird, but don't have any observations or references to back that up.

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