It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 5 years since we last tried to grow butterflies, but here we go again. So far, this batch is doing better than the first. The first time, one of the five caterpillars let all of his siblings go into chrysalis first, then he went around the top knocking them all down to the ground before going in himself. Big bully.
For the 2017 batch, we got them in the mail last week, and they spent the first half in their cup, eating the food at the bottom and more than doubling in size. About mid-week, they tucked themselves into their chrysalises – peacefully. We had to give them 3 good days to let them harden, and then we could transfer them to the butterfly cage. Yesterday was “Transfer Day”.
Lucy took her responsibility VERY seriously. Once she got them on the table, she assembled the box that would hold them upright at the bottom of the cage. CJ carefully opened the cup – the chrysalises were on the underside of the cap:
Gently pulled away the extra silk, and then set the cap into the box.
CJ then set it gently down in the cage.
Anywhere from 3-7 days from now, we should have winged insects, in my house. Mostly-voluntarily, at that.
What is this world coming to?