Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Butterfly Release

Our butterflies emerged from their chrysalids on Sunday. We missed witnessing the first few emerge, but were there to see the fourth one. Everyone gathered around to watch the butterfly crawl out and then crawl across the habitat. It didn't take very long before his wings had inflated. 

You can see the newly emerged butterfly in the upper left corner of the photo below. Its wings are not yet inflated. You can also see the empty chrysalids.

Today, we released our butterflies in the front yard.

They obviously weren't bothered by their captivity. This we learned from their reluctance to leave the habitat. We had to bump the habitat a few times to get them to flutter around and find their way out. 

One of the butterflies had a wing that had a deformity. We thought it might not be able to fly, but after a few minutes it flew off to go live its short butterfly life. 


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