Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ready for take-off

awaiting release
After spending most of their metamorphosis at home, the Mourning Cloaks emerged today at school, right on schedule. Here they are in the classroom.

pre-flight
And outside.

mourning cloak butterfly debut

A hairy face
Look at this hairy face. Considering how beautiful a butterfly is under most circumstances, this is not very attractive, is it?

meconium
When a butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, it excretes a waste product called meconium. And Mourning Cloaks excrete quite a bit. It looks like blood, which makes it a little creepy, but it's really harmless.

4 of the 9 butterflies flew away while we watched. We left the others on the table outside. I'm sure they're gone by now.

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