New Butterflies ( by: Garden of Eve)
I woke up at sunrise to watch the new butterflies emerge from their chrysalis at the Butterfly Farm in Aruba. A very special sight.
Franz Joseph-kori Jugendstil, 35 fok, 90% páratartalom, trópusi növények, és a lepkék.
Heliconius melpomenék pihennek
Fresh from the pupa
Egy pillangász lány rendszeresen lefújta az etetőként használt művirágokat cukros oldattal…
… de kapnak gyümölcsöt is:
Az elhullottak utánpótlása a hátul nyitott bábszekrényekben kel ki:
A Morpho peleidesek hőségben is mindenfelé cikáznak.
A tiltott érintés ellenére volt, aki a talajon pihenőket simán ujjra vette.
Belső csigalépcsős fákon át jutni a kilátóhídig
My mom got us a butterfly raising kit to keep the kids occupied and teach them about metamorphosis. The specific kit was Uncle Milton’s Wildlife Habitat butterfly farm.
First off the box art shows monarch caterpillars, while the kit actually includes a code to order Painted Lady caterpillars from the website. These take many weeks to be shipped depending on temperatures. It was fairly easy to put the caterpillars in place in the cup on top to pupate, but overall the design of the enclosure is extremely poor. The netting is one piece, like a large elastic sock, and comes off of the lip of the enclosure whenever you try to lift it and give the butterflies fruit to drink from. The sponge pool meant for sugar water is too deep and very difficult to reach without risking the butterflies getting out; since it’s directly below the chrysalises, newly emerged butterflies would fall directly into the water and damage their wings. The plastic floor is too smooth for the butterflies to grip, so even if they managed to get out of the water they would be stuck to the floor.
We ended up with two butterflies with severely damaged wings that will never be able to fly, simply by following the kit’s instructions; then one butterfly who was able to fly escaped while we were trying to rescue the drowning ones. I couldn’t find a way to get the escaped butterfly back in without hurting it or the others, so I made a makeshift second enclosure out of a Tupperware and plastic wrap. I diy’d a door for that one so feeding would be much easier.
Overall I do not recommend this kit. It was extremely disappointing and distressing to watch these butterflies suffer just because of poor design. I would recommend a cube-shaped pop up butterfly enclosure with a door like this one to ensure safe development and healthy butterflies, but I’m not an expert, so if anyone could share their perspective that would be great.
Butterfly farm, Machu Picchu, Peru
One of my jobs working at a butterfly farm is to glue the butterfly pupae to bamboo rods in order for them to emerge without the possible complications that they may have if they weren’t freely hanging. It’s a pretty tedious and repetitive task, but they definitely look satisfying laid out to dry like this.
Working with the team at the Stratford Butterfly Farm again on a fun project to transform their toilets! We’re installing tropical plant wall graphics covered in caterpillars as splash-backs to the sinks and there will be projected video of caterpillars eating.. and pooing, with sound recordings to match! My artistic impression of the girls toilet above.
the “butterfly farm” in the “cameron highlands”….look close behind me…
@kageillusions said to @mokutone: I actually had a question that in my excitement forgot to add to that last ask, but, what are your thoughts of Yamato’s plants and Shino’s Kikaichu? :3
firstly, thanks! i love putting stuff in the notes. second, i haven’t thought a whole lot about them! shino’s kikaichu scare me a little bit honestly. to my understanding, they subsist mainly on chakra right? that in itself is interesting, is chakra possessed by every living thing? we know that dogs and some other animals have it, do plants have it as well?
if they do, and are interested in eating mokuton, that’s a little spooky to me haha, but if they don’t (as they are a kind of tiny beetle, right?) then i think shino’s knowledge of insects in general would be interesting to yamato, all the plants he creates are meant to subsist off of his chakra alone, so i feel like his knowledge of pollinators and pollination and the vital role of insects in that is pretty lacking! i’m not sure how much shino would know about that either. perhaps between shino ino and yamato we could get a real nature club for konoha started