At first it may seem a trifle odd that we can handle these butterflies until you consider that we rescue them as eggs... Once the eggs hatch we feed & care for the caterpillars from the time they are the size of pinhead until they're as big as your index finger, before they go into their chrysalis stage, until they emerge as butterflies at which time we release them to nectar, mate, and find a host-plant upon which they will deposit their eggs, and begin the cycle over again.
During the 2-3 weeks they are in our care, we're handling them and talking to them as we clean their enclosures and feed them several times a day, so they get very used to us, our touch, and the sound of our voice.
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