Lorquin's Admiral, Pupa Development - Limenitis lorquini  burrisoni

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  Pupa - April 12, 2006
L. lorquini burrisoni pupa

Pupa - April 13, 2006
pupa on 04-13-06

L. lorquini burrisoni pupa on April 14, 2006 pupa on April 15, 1006

L. lorquini burrisoni pupa - April 16, 2007

pupa on 04-17-06

  Pupa- Twenty-four hours before adult eclosed
pupa on 04-18-06

Host Plant - Weeping Willow Tree - Salix
L. lorquini burrisoni third instar feeding on host plant Weeping Willow- Salix-  leaves, branches and catkins

Photo Details - ©Nicky Davis

Dates and  times shown on photos

1. Changed to the Prepupa stage sometime between midnight of the 10 and 8 A.M. of  the11 of April  2006
 Canon 20D, 200mm, ISO 200, 1/250, F16, Flash + 1

Date and time shown on each photo.  Adult butterfly emerged  9:20 A.M. April 20, 2006.

Time  differential between the  first signs of being set  to molt  and the completion of the molt  to the next instar is approximately 30 hours.  The 5th instar  will prepupate in approximately 5 days;  two more days to pupate;  then  approximately 7 more days to emergence of the adult butterfly.

Host plant usually Willow - Salix- sometimes quaking aspen, cherry trees, cottonwoods or plums.
1. Fourth instar larva feeding on  Willow tree leaves

Adult butterflies nectar from plants including California buckeye, yerba santa, and privet; bird droppings; and dung.

Larva  was extracted by Todd Stout on March 4, 2006, near  Robie Creek Road, Idaho.

The larvae resemble bird droppings, an effective camouflage which helps keep predators from eating them.  The white "saddle" serves as a light sensor.

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