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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-15-2005, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Butterfly pictures!

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A couple of weeks ago, I left a small carrier out drying after hosing it. When I went to pick it up the next day I found that a caterpillar had decided to make it's crisalis on the lid. I put the lid on the carrier and left it there. It has been pretty cool to even watch the crisalis, cause it moved toward the sun every day (and at night was straight vertical). This morning, while I was having breakfast, I noticed that the crisalis was "hatching". I watched it, took a couple of pictures and then went to my class. I had only one class, so I arrived home an hour after. I took a couple more pictures, now that the buttefly was fully open and flying around, ad then let it go. I thought you might enjoy the butterfly pictures, so here they are: (Hey, Matt, if you are around here, can you identify it? I know you love to do that... )










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How cool. Those pics are really neat.


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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-15-2005, 02:46 PM
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That realy is a priceless moment to rear cattapillars to Papae and then watch the Flutterby's emerge.

last year for the second year running I reared large white Flutterby's, I had 30 of them, ten one week and Twenty during the next week, Grandpa Rex had to release about ten because I did not get down that day when some emerged.

I found them eating nasturtums and they have done for two years now, so it is likely they will be back this year too, so I will most likely do it again.

I used to look after Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, but the problem with Nymphilidae butterflies is the lay their eggs in clusters and from year to year I was losing more and more to parasites until I reared 0%.

Mind you the Comma Flutterby of the same family Nymphilidae avoids parasite by laying its eggs singly on the food plant, but they are not nearly as common, well I may be wrong

yay to rearing Flutterby's

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Thanks!

but I did't reared it.. LOL.. she just happened to place her crisalis in a really easy way to trap... LOL I just catched the crisalis... LOL!!!

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Wow, look at the transition! No wonder people often refer to the chrysalis process when talking about change!




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It is a very pretty flutterby. My stab in the dark as to which variety it is, is... a Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta Hegesia).

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Awesome pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Great pics, the butterflies are beautiful! Thanks for posting..

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Neat pics! That butterfly is beautiful!




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