Friday, 14 March 2008

Papilio anactus Eggs

With 39 degree heat yesterday, 40deg expected today and high 30's until the middle of next week, I won't be holding my breath for a hatch. I found at least 20 eggs on three citrus. These were on a cumquat. The eggs are about the size of a pin-head.

I found a couple of small spiders sitting close to some eggs as dusk set in last night!

Depending on when fertilisation took place, if the eggs are to hatch, it should be within three to four days, apparently. The eggs will turn orange prior to hatching and some will be infertile.

The citrus received a good watering on Wednesday night prior to eggs being laid. All I can do, I suppose, is to keep the soil damp to maintain a bit of humidity.

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