As I told you yesterday, six butterflies emerged.Â Today another one came! Â Ten have hatched, three we released and there is one more to go.Â When they are all finished, I am going to be sort of happy and sort of sad.Â Happy because I got to see them, sad because we will have to release them.
This one we rescued.Â It’s leaf dried up and fell off.Â Momma taped it up to the aquarium.Â The next morning the tape did not hold and it fell! Â Momma and Daddy tied a string around the chrysalis, put a drop of super glue on the knot and then taped it up.Â This one was the first one to emerge!
When they emerge, they millimeterÂ outÂ ofÂ theirÂ chrysalises :)Â Then most of them stretch out their wings.Â Momma says it looks like they are stretching their backs.Â Then they dry their wings.Â When they are coming out, it takes about one minute.Â It takes a half hour to an hour to dry their wings.
Andrea did this.Â She put two butterflies on my arms and then put this one on my face!Â I was not impressed.Â Momma thought it was funny!
Thanks for the morning.Â Ma (Grandma Nana) enjoyed watching the new butterflies, she had never seen that happen before.
We tried to feed to feed them the day they hatched, but they did not eat anything.Â We gave them watermelon last night.Â They did not eat it.
Today we were hoping to let them free (sort of) and because of the rain we didn’t.Â We gave them sugar water and watermelon.Â And when they land on it and their proboscis unrolls, they drink the sweet juice from inside.Â This picture is of us feeding it on a Q-tip.
We also tried to play with them, but they kept flying away.Â We gave them a shower.Â We spritzed them with water!