We went to see the Butterfly release at
the Franklin Park Conservatory
They get in 800 chrysalises in a week
The pupa stage is one of the coolest stages of a butterfly’s life.
As soon as a caterpillar is done growing and they have reached
their full length/weight, they form themselves into a pupa, also
known as a chrysalis. Inside of the pupa, the caterpillar is rapidly
changing. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the
caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation,
called ‘metamorphosis,’ to become the beautiful parts that
make up the butterfly that will emerge. Tissue, limbs and
organs of a caterpillar have all been changed by the time
the pupa is finished, and is now ready for the final stage
of a butterfly’s life cycle.
They initially released 1500 butterflies
and replenish it weekly
since butterflies life span is
only 2 weeks
When the butterfly first emerges from the chrysalis,
both of the wings are going to be soft and folded against
its body. This is because the butterfly had to fit all its
new parts inside of the pupa. As soon as the butterfly
has rested after coming out of the chrysalis, it will
pump blood into the wings in order to get them working
and flapping – then they get to fly. Usually within a
three or four-hour period, the butterfly will master
flying and will search for a mate in order to reproduce.
When in the fourth and final stage of their lives, adult
butterflies are constantly on the look out to reproduce
and when a female lays their eggs on some leaves, the
butterfly life cycle will start all over.
they initially released 1500 butterflies
and replenish it weekly since butterflies life span is
only 2 weeks
I will be posting pictures of the butterflies in the conservatory
I'm not sure why there is a white box in this I had a very difficult time
with this post - the box never showed up in the preview - anyone have any suggestions?
* from the websitehttp://www.thebutterflysite.com/life-cycle.shtml