I never realised that my dad’s bonsai plant has a mistletoe (Dendrophthoe sp.) parasitising on it till he told me. He also said that there are lots of caterpillars there.
These are the caterpillars of the butterfly, Painted Jezebel (Delias hyparete metarete).
I took one caterpillar for rearing and it just happened that it pupated on the same day.
As time passed, about a week later (today), the pupa is finally at its last stage.
Sure enough, the chrysalis cracked soon after and the adult pushed its way out.
And out it emerged.
I wondered how many generations of painted jezebels my dad’s mistletoe had supported. There is a new lot of caterpillars there again!