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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Chrysalis Motel


First eclosion of the year 2009. Kept this one captive until the tornadoes passed. Hopefully some of its larva will show up for a stay at the Chrysalis Motel later this summer.

12 Comments:

Blogger enigma4ever said...

oh that was beautiful...hope you are okay...just checking on you...

Thu Apr 16, 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

Wow! Cool

Thu Apr 16, 01:22:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

Thanks!
I've not been feeling well and am itching to move but have some health concerns to deal with before doing so.

Each year a process of collecting roaming larva goes on. They are contained and left to pupate; then placed in the box on the left. This protects them from spiders and other predators so that the waining numbers of butterflies in the area might be maintained. And it's cool to later release them and watch them fly away. Just a strange fascination I've had since childhood. And unlike humans, they are never divisive, liars, collusive, or cheaters.

Thu Apr 16, 06:24:00 AM  
Blogger Robert V. Sobczak said...

Way to make safe refuge until the storm passed. Talk about a safe cocoon!

Thu Apr 16, 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Neat!

I had a bunch of these cats feasting on parsley a couple summers ago... I watched them daily until they vanished... never could find if they had pupated somewhere or got eaten first.

Sun Apr 19, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Doug Taron said...

Somehow I missed the comment that you left on my blog with a link to this. Cool- and great photo.

Wed Apr 29, 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Hey! You ok?

Mon May 18, 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger QuestionGirl said...

Beautiful, and such a kind thing to do. They are such wondrous creatures!

Thu May 21, 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger QuestionGirl said...

Hiddyho..where'd you go? Hope all's ok!

Fri Jun 05, 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Hello?

Wed Jul 15, 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Hello?

Worrying after you now...

Sat Aug 15, 12:38:00 AM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Hello? You ok?

Mon Oct 26, 12:29:00 AM  

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