Butterfly Eggs

Butterfly eggs range in size from nearly microscopic to the size of a small BB. Butterfly egg colors range from burgundy to green to cream to white. Butterfly egg shape ranges from round to oval to sharp tall oval to squat round to … many shapes. Butterfly egg texture ranges from smooth to rough, bumpy to spiky, and more. Some eggs have scales stuck to them, sticking out like a crazy haircut. Eggs often change color before they hatch. Swallowtail eggs develop a dark ring around them before they hatch.

American Snout - Libytheana carinenta

American Snout
Libytheana carinenta

Atala butterfly Eumaeus atala Spikes are scales from the mother

Atala butterfly
Eumaeus atala
Spikes are scales from the adult laying eggs

Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes Eggs on fennel

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes
Eggs on fennel

Brazilian Skipper - Calpodes ethlius

Brazilian Skipper
Calpodes ethlius

Ceraunus Blue - Hemiargus ceraunus

Ceraunus Blue
Hemiargus ceraunus

Checkered White - Pontia protodice

Checkered White
Pontia protodice

Cloudless Sulphur - Phoebis sennae

Cloudless Sulphur
Phoebis sennae

Cofaqui Skipper - Megathymus cofaqui

Cofaqui Skipper
Megathymus cofaqui

Common Buckeye - Junonia coenia

Common Buckeye
Junonia coenia

Duskywing butterfly egg

Duskywing butterfly egg

Giant Swallowtail - Papilio cresphontes

Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes

Goatweed Leafwing - Anaea andria

Goatweed Leafwing
Anaea andria

Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae

Gulf Fritillary - Agraulis vanillae - Close to hatching

Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae
Close to hatching

Julia - Dryas iulia Lays eggs on anything near passionvine or on passionvine

Julia – Dryas iulia
Lays eggs on anything near
passionvine or on passionvine

Long-tailed Skipper - Urbanus proteus - Often lays eggs in stacks

Long-tailed Skipper
Urbanus proteus
Often lays eggs in stacks

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Monarch – Danaus plexippus

Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

Mourning Cloak
Nymphalis antiopa

Orange Barred Sulphur - Phoebis philea

Orange Barred Sulphur
Phoebis philea
Egg white when laid
turns yellow later

Painted Lady - Vanessa-cardui - Caterpillars fed diet lay blue eggs - Caterpillars fed leaves lay green eggs.

Painted Lady
Vanessa cardui
Caterpillars fed diet = blue eggs
Caterpillars fed leaves = green eggs.

Palamedes Swallowtail - Papilio palamedes

Palamedes Swallowtail
Papilio palamedes

Pearl Crescent - Phyciodes tharos - Hatching from eggs

Pearl Crescent
Phyciodes tharos
Hatching from eggs

Phaon Crescent - Phyciodes phaon

Phaon Crescent
Phyciodes phaon

Pipevine Swallowtail - Battus philenor

Pipevine Swallowtail
Battus philenor

Question Mark - Polygonia interrogationis

Question Mark
Polygonia interrogationis
Often in stacks

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral
Vanessa atalanta

Red Banded Hairstreak - Calycopis cecrops - Lays eggs on dead leaves

Red Banded Hairstreak
Calycopis cecrops
Lays eggs on dead leaves

Red-spotted Purple - Limenitis arthemis

Red-spotted Purple
Limenitis arthemis

Sleepy Orange - Eurema nicippe

Sleepy Orange
Eurema nicippe

Spicebush Swallowtail - Papilio troilus

Spicebush Swallowtail
Papilio troilus

Tawny Emperor - Asterocampa clyton - Lays eggs in stacks, in a pyramid shape

Tawny Emperor
Asterocampa clyton
Lays eggs in stacks

Variegated Fritillary - Euptoieta claudia

Variegated Fritillary
Euptoieta claudia

Viceroy - Limenitis archippus

Viceroy
Limenitis archippus

White Peacock - Anartia jatrophae

White Peacock
Anartia jatrophae

Zebra Longwing Heliconian - Heliconius charithonia

Zebra Longwing Heliconian
Heliconius charithonia

Zebra Swallowtail - Eurytides-marcellus - Dark ring means it is maturing

Zebra Swallowtail
Eurytides-marcellus
Dark ring means it is maturing

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