Saturday, August 21, 2010

POST SCRIPT: Butterflies!

Post Script on the butterflies: Two emerged yesterday morning. Since the chrysalis turns black and you can see the yellow spots through the thin skin about 24 hours before the butterfly emerges, I knew it would happen soon, but I had Physical Therapy for my knee. I simply packed up the jar with the crysalis's and took them with me. One emerged about 1/2 hour into my session. I noticed it first, and called for others to come look. I had quite a crowd gathered around me to watch this miracle of nature. One of the PT aides held it in her hands and had to go show everyone in the front office. It created quite a stir! I left it there for everyone to enjoy until the time it would need to be released.

The second one emerged immediately before I left for PT, so I put it out in my herb garden. It was still there when I returned. She flexed her wings and I grabbed my camera. I was just in time to catch her right before she took her first flight over the neighbor's rooftop.

I did some research on the internet and found out that this one is female. She has only one row of prominent yellow spots on her forewing and hind wing. If you'll notice, the one in the previous with the damaged wing, has a 2nd row of yellow spots on his forewing, and very large yellow dots on his hindwing above the blue markings. He is male.

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