Subject: Solomon Islands Butterfly
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands
October 4, 2013 7:45 pm
Our family has recently enjoyed watching a couple of beautiful caterpillars make their homes and emerge as butterflies. We’re wondering if you can help us identify them. The caterpillar is black and white striped with red ”horns”. The chrysalis begins as a bright yellow but turns into a shiny gold when it matures, and the butterfly is black with a few blue spots on the lower end of the wings. Thanks!
We are pretty certain this is a Milkweed Butterfly Caterpillar and Chrysalis from the subfamily Danainae, but we have not had much luck identifying the species. We thought it might be a Blue Tiger Butterfly, but when we researched the caterpillar on Butterfly House, though it looked similar, it was obviously different. Though the caterpillar and chrysalis of Euploea core, the Common Crow or Oleander Butterfly which is pictured on Butterfly House also looks similar, it is also obviously different.
Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in a species identification.