Thursday, March 13, 2008

Emerging Butterflies

As promised, here are pictures of our butterflies. They emerged this morning (about a week after they went into chrysalis). One has yet to emerge but we are hopeful. The red you see on the paper is meconium which I thought was only "liquid gold" aka the first breast milk.

The butterfly instruction guide says, "Don't be alarmed if you see a red liquid which looks like blood coming form the tail end of the butterfly. This is called meconium. It's the left-over color and unneeded tissues from the butterfly's wing formation."

Thanks to my friends who have citrus trees, we have an abundance of oranges, which happens to be on the approved list of food for butterflies.

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