Caterpillars eating and eating and eating!
Caterpillars preparing for Pupa Stage!
Pupa (also known as Chrysalis) Stage
Chrysalids moved into Butterfly tent! (Somehow I missed the part in the info pamphlet saying they might shake around in defense to scare off any predator....sure did freak me out!)
Newly hatched and awaiting some dry wings! They did not really flap them like I expected...just seemed to wait it out.
Here is a good shot of the merconium (the blood like stain) that drips out, our info says it is the extra coloring from the wings. Looked a bit like a massacre after all the butterflies were hatched!
You can see one of our friends partaking in a bit of orange!
Release day! Sheesh...they did not want to leave! We pretty much had to force all 5 out by tapping gently on the tent sides and shaking them out!
Bye dear friends...and thanks so much for sharing your short beginnings with us!
Josh and I also made our very first lap book about butterflies and I will be sharing the pictures ASAP!