Caterpillar update 4

Feeding caterpillars

It’s been a pretty awful weekend in terms of the weather. We’ve had really heavy rain, gale-force winds and even hail.

However, it’s been a good weekend for the large white caterpillars (Pieris brassicae). Many of the large caterpillars have left the food plant and are obviously looking for a place to pupate. I spotted this one climbing up the side of the greenhouse.
Caterpillar climbing up the side of the greenhouse

Looking round the greenhouse and the nearby fence I found a few chrysalises. These are the chrysalises of the large white so I’m assuming they’re from the late brood whose progress I’ve been following. This is really encouraging and I look forward to seeing the adults emerge in spring:

Chrysalis of the large white

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