I'm an Aunty

Posted by: Celandine

I'm an Aunty - 07/06/13 03:35 PM


X 7 !





that's NOT 'me'!
Posted by: Pirate

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/06/13 06:16 PM


thats cool
Posted by: Celandine

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/06/13 06:51 PM


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.
Posted by: DLC

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/06/13 06:57 PM

Swallowtails !!

My favorite butterfly ! grin
Posted by: Celandine

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/06/13 07:15 PM


...so... what's with the "rescue"?

Each species of butterfly lays it's eggs on a
specific species of plant that their larvae can
feed on as caterpillars until they morph into
butterflies.

At every stage of this 2-3 week process, they
are vulnerable to ants, spiders, mantises, and
birds. In nature you'd get one mature butterfly
out of every hundred eggs laid.

We grow many of the host species for various
species of butterflies in our gardens to increase
the likelihood of them locating the specific plant
they need when the time comes.

By checking the plants every few days, we're often
able to take the eggs into "protective custody"
we increase the chances of reaching maturity
and flying off to perpetuate their species as
much as 95-100%.

If some of them deposit some eggs before moving
on it accounts for about 1/10 of what they'll lay,
but as I said, that 10% will yield nearly 100%
of success.

wth... it keeps us off the streets crazy
Posted by: Pirate

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/07/13 06:30 AM

We get a lot of Monarchs around here, seems we are on their migration route from south america to up north and back again
Posted by: Celandine

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/07/13 08:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Pirate
We get a lot of Monarchs around here, seems we are on their migration route from south america to up north and back again


Journey North

It's a strong possibility...especially if there are
a lot of wild areas that are left to support their
HUGE, OBVIOUS, UGLY Host Plant - the Milk Weed -
that folks spot & makes it a point to eradicate,
not understanding (or perhaps caring) the role it
plays in the miraculous thousand-mile migration
that we're now on the brink of losing ...forever...

There's no coming back from extinction. frown
Posted by: Nana

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/07/13 09:23 AM

What an interesting rescue story. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/07/13 10:17 AM


"Flying Flowers" smile

Truth is, those Black Swallowtails use PARSLEY
as their main host plant.
Pretty much every gardener freaks-out when they
find "big ugly worms" chowing-down on their
precious parsley!...and their natural response is
cry "KILL 'EM!" ...without connecting the dots
that those "Ugly Worms" are a necessary part of
the life-cycle of The Black Swallowtail. frown

...but I'm afraid, it's worser than that...

"Ugly Worms" that eat all sorts of crops have
fostered a huge industry of "Worm/Weed Killing"...
not only through the (over)use of toxic pesticides
but also have gone as far as to genetically engineer
toxins directly into the DNA of the plants themselves.

Monsanto & Bayer are very very good at eradicating
"Ugly Worms"... in order to keep worms out of
peaches, corn & parsley, they've all but eradicated
butterflies ...(and collaterally) honey bees. as well.


*"Silence of the Bees"
Posted by: bird

Re: I'm an Aunty - 07/07/13 12:32 PM

Congrats !!!