Thursday, May 17, 2012

Butterflies are Born!! I'm a Mother of ELEVEN (so far) and Counting!

And the mothering saga continues.....  Our babies are hatching!!  Some of them have decided to come early!  We weren't expecting them for another 4 - 5 days or so...  and so far there are eleven hatched and slowly trying out their wings... only another 64 to go!
 I snipped some lilac branches and sprinkled them with sugar water, and added sliced apples ... a feast fit for newborn flutter-ers!

These are "Painted Lady Butterflies".  The red stuff that comes out of the butterflies is NOT blood... it looks like blood, kinda gross... but it's called Meconium and is a red fluid that butterflies and moths eject after they leave the chrysalis, a metabolic waste product from the pupal stage.

Here's a short video of my 11 newborns so far... only 64 more births to go!  *lol*  And then to keep them alive, well fed and growing until Pentecost Sunday, May 27th!


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