Butterfly, Butterfly, There You Are!

In our last blog post we discussed the process of a caterpillar forming their chrysalis and we promised to update our blog as soon as our butterflies emerged… well, guess what day it is! Painted Lady Butterfly emergence day!

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Our Painted Lady butterflies were in their chrysalis for 7-9 days and we saw them emerge one by one this week! At first their chrysalis was gently shaking, letting us know that they were close to emerging. After about 15 minutes, they gently ripped through the soft chrysalis and hung in a vertical position so their blood can pump into their wings, preparing them for flight!

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The butterfly pictured above has JUST left it’s chrysalis, while the butterfly picture below has been out for a full 24 hours and has gained the ability to move freely!

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If you’re interested in checking out our Painted Lady Butterflies, they will be on display in Museum lobby until further notice! Thanks for following our journey!

Another huge thanks to Chase ‘N Butterflies for providing us with live caterpillars for our 3rrd annual Caterpillar Adoption!
For more information on Chase ‘N Butterflies, visit their website at:
http://www.chasenbutterflies.com/
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Caterpillar, Caterpillar, Where Are You?

Did you accidentally miss our 3rd annual caterpillar adoption? No need to fret, we have five of our caterpillar friends in our lobby for viewing right now! Aren’t familiar with the life cycle of a caterpillar? Well, you’ve come to the right place to learn!

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Our caterpillars started out teeny tiny, at a quarter of an inch, and ate their way to a whopping one inch! After a few days of eat, rest, repeat—they formed their chrysalis and fastened themselves to the top of their containers. A few of our awesome museum staff members safely transferred the chrysalis to the top of a butterfly habitat where they’ll remain for 7-10 days.

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Although we can’t see anything from outside the chrysalis, there are BIG changes going on inside! Their old caterpillar body parts are being replaced by new butterfly parts and soon we’ll have beautiful Painted Lady Face butterflies!

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Interested in seeing their final transformation from chrysalis to butterfly? Stay tuned and watch this space, we’ll be updating soon!

 

A huge thanks to Chase ‘N Butterflies for providing us with live caterpillars again!
For more information on Chase ‘N Butterflies, visit their website at:
http://www.chasenbutterflies.com/
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