The butterflies have emerged!!! Well, all but one!
We covered the bottom of the habitat with mums and are sprinkling them with sugar water to feed the butterflies. The one straggler should come out in the next day - his cocoon is getting dark. We've learned so much!!! The cocoons actually turn so dark that they are almost black right before the butterflies emerge. Coming out only takes a matter of seconds - blink and you'll miss it! We've only managed to see one emerge completely because it happens so quickly.
The red stuff you see is not blood - it is actually excess pigment that is expunged from the butterfly. Kind of like the first poop of a baby - I know, gross, but technically it is called "meconium" and if you are a mom you know what that means!
We plan to release the butterflies after that final one emerges. The kids seem very concerned about letting them out to fly and I just think it will be such an awesome experience for them.
This whole experience has been awesome, really. I totally recommend getting one of these butterfly gardens and doing it yourself - such fun!
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