We're back in the butterfly-raising process! We successfully raised four Monarchs back in June and now have quite a few that will, hopefully, make it to butterflydom. Our first two of this batch emerged yesterday and today.
It's a boy! This handsome guy joined us yesterday afternoon. Which was nice because then the kids could see him before I set him free. Thankfully I still had a few flowers for him to enjoy.
It's a girl! This petite beauty joined us today. I was expecting her, so I brought the container she was in along with me to my friend Laura's new house this morning where I was going to help clean and get ready to paint. Well, she didn't want to wait until we got there. She emerged in the car on the way there. Only about 5 minutes after I left the house. (It only takes about 10 minutes to get to Laura's new house). Her wings weren't uniform (one side was smaller than the other) but that didn't stop her from flying away once they were dry.
Currently we have 7 chrysalides, 1 caterpillar in J form, and 7 caterpillars happily munching away. Four of which I expect to be in chrysalis very soon because they are getting BIG! The kids are excited that we are raising Monarchs again. We even got a few friends interested and trying to raise their own. So far one has succeeded with several others in various stages. Yay! I just love Monarchs!