Butterfly update

It’s been a while with an update as not been too well and didn’t want to be at the computer too much!

So what has happened? Well we have released all 4 ­čÖé

They all seemed to fly in the same direction up to the top of the roof and over the otherside of the house. We have seen alot of white butterflies around here and hope we see some painted lady around after doing this. I missed all 4 emerging out of the chrysalides! Putting washing on the line, making tea, you get the picture? I sat for an hour watching as it was moving, go put washing online and the butterfly is there on the side. So unfortunately no pictures or videos of this. I do have pictures of the last few days, and the release. It has been a fantastic opportunity and will definitely be ordering more caterpillars next year, hopefully get 5 next time as that seems to be the average number.

First 3 butterflies:

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Last butterfly:

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Caterpillars: We now have Chrysalides

Not sure i can title my posts caterpillars no more, as as you can tell from the title we now have 4 chrysalides. The 4th caterpillar is around 3/4days behind the others. The other 3 have been chrysalides for 7 days now, so we could get butterflies anytime. Although none are dark yet and the information leaflet you get with the kit says they will darken before butterflies appear. So now on dark chrysalide watch!

When the last caterpillar was at the top in it’s J shape. I sat watching for an hour, it was twitching and moving so i presumed it would be a chrysalide soon. After an hour i had to stop watching and go make tea for us all. Typically i came back in the living room 30 minutes later to see it was a chrysalide! So i missed it all again!

I am hoping to catch atleast one butterfly emerge, but i bet it will happen when i have nipped out the house.

So although not much is happening from the outside alot is happening inside! We are now on Day 15!

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Caterpillars Day 4 – Day 9 (chrysalides)

I have took pictures most days still, but thought i would update in a block post whilst the caterpillars get bigger and ready to form into chrysalides.

I have 3 on day 9 in their chrysalides, with number 4 still crawling around them. This one is around 3/4days behind the others, really hoping it chrysalides soon so i can move them all into the netting together. If not then i’m not sure what i do with the 4th as the hang from some pad that came with the tub. Will see if i come to this point what insectlore suggest i do. I do hope number 4 makes it!

Pictures from Day 4-9, haven’t they got big quickly!?

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I never knew just how messy caterpillars were!


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