Saturday, July 26, 2008

2 out of 5 butterflies

here are a couple of our winged friends. aren't they pretty? some of them are starting to fly around a bit. the others are a bit more lazy. and there is one that seems to be half stuck in its coccoon still. i have no idea how to help the little guy. our kit came with a spritz bottle to "mist" the cocoons with. so i've been trying to mist him, but i have no idea if that is helpful or annoying. there are still about 6 cocoons left and i have no idea if they will ever hatch. grrrr.
also, i'm not quite sure if the butterflies are eating. according to the directions the butterflies won't eat for the first 24 hours. but then after that they should drink sugar water. well, i have set up sugar water and i don't see any takers so far. so this morning i decided to put a few small pieces of fruit in there as well. now, don't go flying off the handle. i didn't just come up with this idea out of nowhere. it is based on my extensive butterfly knowledge. i once went to this butterfly sanctuary where butterflies flew free and would land on your face (as shown below. please note my ever-changing hair color. how many of my beloved blog readers know i was once a redhead?) anyway, one thing i noticed at the butterfly sanctuary was that every so often they would have some slices of watermelon around and the butterflies would flock to it and unroll their little tongues onto it. our butterflies have little tongues too! i saw one! he was licking the side of the netterd butterfly atrium. that is how i came up with this theory that the butterflies are hungry. possibly starving. so i think it is completely reasonable that i put a few pieces of plum in the atrium. i even squeezed some extra plum juice onto the pieces to make them extra enticing. i do not want ravenous butterflies on my hands.


*Bitch Cakes* said...

E-gads!!! There is a giant winged insect ON YOUR FACE!!!!!!!

Oh the horror, the HORROR!

I still say that along with a little misting, the butterflies might like a sun lamp and hamster wheel.

Miss Dewey Decimal said...

yes there is a winged insect on my face. but what is more disturbing is my lackluster hair color.

*Bitch Cakes* said...

I concur. The current very blonde-with purple is infinitely better.