Recipe for Sunshine…

Ever wondered how to make sunshine? Mother Nature knows how!

Below is “her” recipe for the Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly…

Start with an itsy bitsy egg. Set it on the tenderest bud of a Cassia senna plant until it turns the color of sunshine.

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Then watch closely as the egg comes to life and a tiny bright caterpillar emerges.

Let the little yellow guy munch away at the Cassia senna plant for as long as he likes.

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Notice how he grows bigger and then begins to flaunt the green hues of his host plant.

He leaves just a touch a of his sunshine showing through in his stripe.

Now spy him turn curiously into the letter J.

And magically mimic a lovely leaf.

Then Voila, Out comes the Sunshine…


Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae)

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2 Responses to Recipe for Sunshine…
  1. Kristen
    July 24, 2009 | 10:36 am

    Hi Glenn,

    Glad you liked the post. I love to photograph butterflies at every stage also! I have never tried the time lapse technique, however, I checked out your website and it looks very cool!

    The Pale Swallowtail is doing fine, just munching away at the coffeeberry leaves at his leisure (very slow eater). He has just begun to turn green and I expect that with his next molting he will be entirely so. Will post an update soon with pics.

    Thanks for sharing your animations!! Look forward to seeing your new site in the fall!!



  2. Glenn Richardson
    July 23, 2009 | 12:37 pm


    The life cycle is great to see.

    This is the type of photography I like to do. Have you ever tried time lapse of a buttrefly emerging? If you can get the shots then you can created an animated *.gif and post it on a website…then see the butterfly emerging.

    The are a small animations at under “View Animations” but this website was designed for smaller computer monitor resolutions, and I am going to build a new one in September.

    PS what ever happened to the Pale Tiger Swallowtail caterpiller that hatched.



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