In Europe we know of more than 5000 species of butterflies. Many of them small and inconspicuous.
Few can compete with the beauty of tropical species.
But all of them share the fascinating transformation through these 4 different stages:
- the egg, the caterpillar, the pupae and the butterfly -
This development is called metamorphosis. Due to the interruption of the vegetation period in our climate area,
one of the 4 stages needs to hibernate.
The diversity of the different eggs in shape, colour and surface texture is impressing.
The cabbage moth, for example, oviposites on the bottom side of various cruciferae leaves,
in batches of up to 800 pieces.