Raised from an egg, in a terrarium in my kitchen, (good temperatures and humidity levels). The egg was the size of about a third of a grain of rice.
CJ's Desert Dwellers:Painted Lady ButterflyVanessa cardui
Size:40- 65 mm
Range: huge variety from mountains to deserts to gardens
This butterfly is seen across America (and the world). With a sensitivity to freezing, adults overwinter in Mexico and then head north to repopulate North America and are an anecdotal 'harbinger of spring'. They, sometimes, have large migration-like movements, with flights well into the thousands. These butterflies' larvae feed on thistles and members of the mallow family.
Note how it's proboscis is two 'halves' and it seals the two sides together to make a hollow tube for drinking nectar.
This photo is of the actual butterfly in the emergence video. After about 45 minutes, he was starting to test his wings. I let it crawl onto my finger, then I took it outside and placed it on a penstemon flower stalk.
great stuff as always! thank you for posting. btw, is your blog retired? I get its feed, but nothing in a long time.
Blog not dead, yet!
After no biz for a while, we've actually been real busy, despite the economy. I've neglected the blog. With warmer weather returning and the expansion of our gardens, there will be a lot more content added. I've, yet, to publish the bobcat footage, roadrunner mating footage, etc. I've got a lot of new photos, too.
Nature ride and aprés-ride garden stroll planned real soon. Not race pace (LOL)