I recently mentioned that we ordered a home butterfly kit (one dozen caterpillars) from Butterflies and Roses. Today, we released the twelfth and final butterfly (100% success). I documented our experience.
May 14th between 3-4cm
At this point,we have had the caterpillars for 11 days. It is important to remove all the waste from the cups between day 7 to 11.
By this time, about half of the caterpillars had reached the chrysalis stage. The chrysalis affixes itself to the paper and then you tape the paper to the top of the butterfly castle.
On May 21st (17 days after we received our caterpillars), the butterflies began to emerge.
When the butterfly emerges from the pupa,the butterfly emits a red liquid. The liquid looks like blood, but it is just waste (meconium).
After emerging, the butterflies need a little time to find their wings and learn how to use them. In about an hour or so they will be fluttering inside the castle and it will be soon time to say farewell.
Over the past few days, we have had a series of release parties and it was really kind of special.
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