Recently, at Valbonne Villa, our reserve manager Attie came across the intriguing sight of two moths mating on a wall.
Nearby to the pair was was the empty cocoon of one of the recently hatched moths. Over the next couple of weeks we went back to the site in the hope of recording the continuation of the life-cycle. Soon after the first image was taken, we found a cluster of perfectly formed white velvety moth eggs, and not long after that we say that they had all hatched into stunning little caterpillars! Attie managed to perfectly record each main stage of the complete metamorphosis taking shape in our own back garden!
Moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) are one of the most spectacular and diverse orders of insects, especially so because of their incredible ability to transform themselves via the various stages of their life cycle (as demonstrated below) from a seemingly unremarkable little worm into a beautiful winged insect. It is one of natures’ most fascinating stories!
The whole process begins with mating moths…