You see Wai Yen has been rearing and releasing Lime Butterflies for the past 8 months.
It all started with a Limau Purut (Kaffir Lime) plant a friend gave us and a lime plant my daughter grew from seed.
Within 2 weeks of having the plants, the Lime butterflies found the plants and caterpillars started chomping on the new leaves. Instead of killing the caterpillars, Wai Yen started rearing them and feeding them with older leaves so that the young leaves on the plants have a chance to grow.
|Aug 2009 : Lime Butterfly drying its wings on Ceropegia woodii|
All in all she has released more than 30 Lime Butterflies this year !
We are expecting Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete) and Peacock Royal (Tajuria cippus) caterpillars anytime soon as Dendropthoe pentandra, a parasitic plant has started growing on our Sui Mei and Bottle Brush Tree.