But what can I say? I am enjoying having this little jewel of nature perform his magic metamorphosis right in front of my eyes. I only regret not having taken photographs earlier, when he was just a little larva about an inch long. He managed to sneak into our kitchen on some broccoli I had plucked out of the garden. Truth is, for a few days, I wasn't certain he was still alive! But today, I had proof. Not only can I see his wings beginning to form but, if you look closely at the photos clockwise, you'll see he wagged his tail at me and you! Part of my confusion was the lack of a real visible chrysalis that would resemble my 'internal image' of a cocoon. After researching, I've learned this species only has a very thin, barely visible light green chrysalis. If my sources are accurate, in about 4-7 days he should be near completion of this miraculous phenomenum of nature.
So, please be honest, would you let a caterpillar live on your kitchen wall? And if so, would you give him a name? If you answer No, then would you give my Pupa a name? And do you think he should have more than one name? One for each of his stages? And, now knowing what I've disclosed, would you accept an invitation to have dinner at our home? :0)