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Bursting with Butterflies!
Over the weekend I had my queen and a monarch emerge!
This is a queen on my Empire Blue butterfly bush....
I always seem to catch them immediately after they emerge..they must be doing it at the crack of dawn!
Here is what the queen looked like...BEFORE:
If you notice, you can actually see the butterfly inside the chrysalis. The chrysalis turns from apple green to black...when you look closely you can see the markings on the butterfly inside. The chrysalis looks milky here because of the camera flash. This is the actual color but it appears black in normal lighting.
Today I had THREE monarchs emerge. I always gently remove them from the "cage" and place them on a nectar plant outside so they can get some refreshment after their wings dry. Here is a picture of two of the three:
This morning I had three more monarchs pupate and I have 5 more getting ready to, they are starting to hang upside down. I've got so many monarch cats outside that I have started bringing them in only when they get close (they are huge and spend less time eating).
I've also got three gulf frit cats growing, they don't seem to grow quite as fast as the monarchs, but one is about a week away I think.
So as you can see, these little guys are keeping me busy.
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That's amazing, they are so pretty.
Your butterflies always make me think of new stained glass windows. Isn't Mother Nature the best?!! It still amazes me how caterpillars turn into such lovely insects as butterflies.
You sure love your butterflies HB. It's infectious :D Thainks for the updates, the photos are always great.
What fun! I keep wanting to bring in a Monarch caterpillar but they are always gone when I go to get them. I'm waiting just a little too long I guess.
You must have a very gentle touch, to help out butterflies! I'd be afraid to squish them when they are newly-emerged! Really beautiful shots you caught.
Thanks for all the kind words!
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