Australian Painted Lady
Photography by L. Hunt
a foodplant of the Australian Painted Lady
Early first instar larva, head on left
Web shelter of a late first instar larva
Late first instar larva
Second instar larva
Web shelter of second instar larva on a Cape Weed leaf
Incipient scoli developed on second instar larva
Third instar larva
Fourth instar larva
Web shelter of third instar larva on a Cape Weed leaf
Final instar larvae, different colour forms, head on right
Closeup of head
Scoli developed on a mature larva
Loose web shelter that is constructed by the mature larva to pupate within.
This example has nearly disintegrated, but it gives some idea of what goes on.
Typical metallic-copper colour form of the pupa, that has not
been captured very well by the film.
Gold dorsal spots
Gold colour form
Brushed-copper colour effect
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