I am after all the advice I can get re my butterflies that have and are due to hatch late. They are not showing any signs of moving off. The ones I put outside days ago are still there with some lying on the ground. I have brought them inside and put them on the swan plant and there they are hanging with very little movement. Some I have tried to feed with sugar water using a tooth pick to uncoil their probis but they are not that interested in feeding either. I am afraid I am going to lose them all as I still have about 40 chrysalis to hatch and about 10 pillars. We are getting good frosts here now and it is quite cold during the day. Will they feed themselves if I put a feeding station in the butterfly house that is nearly finished and put them all on a couple of swan plants and leave them in there for the winter. Any feed back would be greatfully appreciated. No snow down here but on the hills Mt Hutt has snow so that makes it quite cold here frosts will be very hard I think. Overcast today with drizzle butterflies safe and warm though. Well swansong I have decided to put them all in the butterfly house for the winter if they cope with it okay. After coming home from work tonight and finding some of the butterflies I released the other day on the ground outside, so they are not managing to cluster up down here. If they show any signs of stressing in the butterfly house I will have to re think but I will give it a go over the weekend. Cheers Margie. Ah OK, thanks Gill. Same as me, as in, you have to initiate the feeding. Ive never seen any of mine actually fly to my food Ive got for them. Hehe, maybe if I paint some flowers a piece of cloth or something…just thinking aloud : I like your idea about the saucer. Swansong — I keep them in a little glassed-in area at our front door. I put them on plants, and flowers and hang them off various things and when the morning sun hits this room and they start moving about, I get them to climb on my finger and then put them on the edge of the plate and they generally just start feeding and move off when they have finished. Might be a good idea to just keep them inside in the meantime. Your spare room sounds just fine. Im trying to find out more about clusters as are others here, as I believe it is an area where there is still many questions. Someone commented that they dont generate heat so Im wondering if it is a company thing, where they actually rely on each others company. Of course thats just me in my thoughts. I didnt realize they only need 1 feed of nectar before hibernating??? WOW, Ive learnt something.
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Look carefully and you will see there are tiny holes punched into the lid of the cup. Removing the lid could introduce bacteria and mold into the caterpillar environment. Oils and salts from your hands could harm your caterpillars. Do not open the cup until your chrysalides have formed and it is time to move them to your butterfly habitat. If your caterpillars turn red and begin to disintegrate, they have been infected with the bacteria, Serratia Marcescens. This bacterium occurs if condensation has been allowed to form in the cup. Always keep your Cup of Caterpillars away from windows and out of direct sunlight. Sunlight will cause the inside of the cup to heat up and form condensation. I t is a good sign if you see webbing in your cup of caterpillars. The webbing protects the caterpillars from many dangers. Caterpillars use the webbing to stick to their host plants, as the wind can easily blow them off the leaves. Caterpillars also use the silk to pull leaves around themselves to hide from predators that might like to eat them! It means your caterpillars are healthy - and are eating and growing! Five times! Your caterpillars will shed their exoskeletons four times while they are eating and growing. They shed once more after they have attached themselves to the lid of the cup, just before they pupate. When your caterpillars crawl to the top of the cup, they are ready to pupate become chrysalides. Do not disturb the chrysalides for 3 days. After 3 days you can move them to your habitat. A chrysalis is a pupa. Chrysalides are always bare. A cocoon does not surround them. Wait a full three days for your chrysalides to harden. Remove the lid of your cup. Your chrysalides should be attached to the lid of the cup.
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We see them from about the middle of summer throughout fall — the arching stems of the butterfly bush plant filled with cone-shaped flower clusters. These beautiful plants not only attract our attention with their eye-catching colors, from purple and pink to white and even orange, but they are notorious for attracting butterflies to the garden as well, hence its name — butterfly bush. While their care if fairly simple, transplanting a butterfly bush requires a bit of know how to ensure its success. Transplanting a butterfly bush requires some preparation of the new location. Butterfly bushes prefer moist, well-drained soil in partial to full sun. For best results, amend the soil with compost prior to planting. Transplanting is much the same as for any other shrub or small tree. Gently dig the butterfly bush plant up from its current location. When transplanting a butterfly bush, carefully dig up as much of the root system as possible and move to its new location for replanting. Lift the plant, roots and soil from the ground and move it to the prepared hole in the new location. Backfill the hole around the root ball. Tamp down the soil to make sure that no air pockets are in the soil. Once in the ground, the plant should be watered frequently until the roots have had time to take hold. Since it blooms on new growth, you should prune the butterfly bush plant back to the ground during its dormancy in winter. Alternatively, you can wait until early spring. Pruning will help to encourage new growth. Butterfly bushes are quite hardy and can transplant easily. Transplanting a butterfly bush is usually accomplished in either spring or fall. Transplant prior to new growth in spring or once its foliage has died down in the fall. Keep in mind that the region in which you live typically dictates when you can transplant. For instance, spring is a more suitable time for transplanting a butterfly bush in colder regions while in warmer areas of the south, transplanting a butterfly bush is best done in fall. Butterfly bushes are great plants to have in the garden. Once established, the butterfly bush plant pretty much takes care of itself, other than the occasional watering and pruning. They make exceptional additions to the landscape and attract a variety of butterflies as well, which is also good for pollination. Read more articles about Butterfly Bush. Friend's Email Address. Your Name. Your Email Address. Send Email. Butterfly Bush.
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What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? What type of life cycle does a butterfly have? What are some butterfly activities that are commonly observed? Butterflies are the adult flying stage of certain insects belonging to an order or group called Lepidoptera. Moths also belong to this group. The word "Lepidoptera" means "scaly wings" in Greek. This name perfectly suits the insects in this group because their wings are covered with thousands of tiny scales overlapping in rows. The scales, which are arranged in colorful designs unique to each species, are what gives the butterfly its beauty. The difference between a butterfly and a moth? Both butterflies and moths belong to the same insect group called Lepidoptera. In general, butterflies differ from moths in the following ways: 1 Butterflies usually have clubbed antennae but moths have fuzzy or feathery antennae. Moths, on the other hand, rest with their wings spread out flat. There are some very colorful moths. This means that the butterfly changes completely from its early larval stage, when it is a caterpillar, until the final stage, when it becomes a beautiful and graceful adult butterfly. Butterfly eggs are tiny, vary in color and may be round, cylindrical or oval. The female butterfly attaches the eggs to leaves or stems of plants that will also serve as a suitable food source for the larvae when they hatch. Caterpillars often, but not always, have several pairs of true legs, along with several pairs of false legs or prolegs. A caterpillar's primary activity is eating. They have a voracious appetite and eat almost constantly. As the caterpillar continues to eat, its body grows considerably. The tough outer skin or exoskeleton, however, does not grow or stretch along with the enlarging caterpillar. Instead, the old exoskeleton is shed in a process called molting and it is replaced by a new, larger exoskeleton. A caterpillar may go through as many as four to five molts before it becomes a pupa. The caterpillar attaches itself to a twig, a wall or some other support and the exoskeleton splits open to reveal the chrysalis. The chrysalis hangs down like a small sack until the transformation to butterfly is complete. The casual observer may think that because the pupa is motionless that very little is going on during this "resting stage. The pupa does not feed but instead gets its energy from the food eaten by the larval stage. Depending on the species, the pupal stage may last for just a few days or it may last for more than a year. Once the chrysalis casing splits, the butterfly emerges. It will eventually mate and lay eggs to begin the cycle all over again. Most adult butterflies will live only a week or two, while a few species may live as long as 18 months.
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My daughter found a butterfly. It will not fly, although the wings look fine. It stays on her hand but when she tries to attach it to a leaf or branch it topples off. It won't walk either. What could be wrong with it and how can we help it. Thanks for your time. Karen says: If she found it right after it emerged from its chrysalis, the wings maybe weren't dry. It takes a while for the wings to dry and the butterfly to fly. If this isn't the case, it could possibly have some kind of virus or disease that affected the wing formation. In that case you could try and feed the butterfly Gaterade, Juicy Juice or sugar-water nectar 1 part sugar, 10 parts water - boil water and add sugar to dissolve. Click here to add your own comments. Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. Simply click here to return to Butterfly Questions. Butterfly found, not harmed but won't fly by Zoe Sunshine Coast, Australia My daughter found a butterfly. Butterfly Found Can't fly by: Melissa Hi! I too found a butterfly on my patio 2 days ago, going around in circles with it's wings open. I assumed it had a hurt leg, but couldn't understand why it couldn't fly. I got out our "Butterfly" house from a kit we did a couple years back with our girls. She ate, rolled up her proboscis, and closed her wings. It seems she stayed just like that overnight. The next day I let her out to see if she could fly, to no avail, but her 4 legs look fine, as do her wings. She crawled onto my hands, I again placed her on her fresh nectar soaked towel, added some Lantana and fresh fruit, but she just doesn't move around a lot. Is there anymore I can do to help this beautiful creature? I just can't determine what the problem is, but I want to keep her safe, hydrated, and happy even if she can't fly. What are your expert thoughts? Karen says: I think you did all you could to try and help this butterfly. Thanks for caring! Thnx, but sad news. We did research more through your site yesterday and found that mix to try and give the butterfly. We used the sugar and water mix. It seemed to try and drink, and flapped its wings a lot. Unfortunately when Zoe woke up this morning the butterfly had passed away. Her and her twin are very upset but have had a lovely couple of days trying their hardest to make it better and keeping it safe and comfy. Sad lesson but also I'm very proud of their kind hearts towards all living things. Thanks again for your help. Karen says: Thanks for sharing your story and yes, there are many lessons for kids and adults! Also it's just plain fun :. Home What's New?
Butterfly life cycle
Butterflies are day-flying insects with knobby antennae, four brightly colored and patterned wings and a long proboscis. The insects are pollinators, moving from flower to flower to drink the flower's nectar and transferring pollen to each in the process. The butterfly is the adult stage of caterpillars. The larva build a chrysalis and metamorphose to their final stage of life. Sometimes, when the butterfly emerges from its chrysalis, its wings remain crinkled. When butterflies first emerge from their chrysalis, their wings are wet and wrinkled. This occurs due to the tight space of the chrysalis when the caterpillar is metamorphosing. After hatching, the butterfly hangs upside down, flapping its wings to straighten and dry them. The pumping action helps blood flow through the wings, too. It takes about a day for the wings to fully harden, though the butterflies may be flying within an hour or two. Any number of things can lead to deformed wings or prevent the wings from opening up properly. A butterfly's wings are very soft when it first emerges from the chrysalis. If the butterfly falls to the ground, it runs the risk of damaging its wings, causing them to become malformed. If a butterfly chrysalis that's being stored for release at a wedding or butterfly house and hatches early, it may not have enough room to fully expand its wings in the storage container. Additionally, the butterfly may have a defect, such as poor blood circulation to the wings, preventing their opening. When the butterfly first emerges you can help it by providing a safe area with plenty of room to move around. Some like to create butterfly houses with netting for the butterflies to cling to when they land. Should a butterfly fall to the ground and have trouble turning over, hover a piece of paper towel over its legs. The butterfly should cling to the paper towel and pull itself upright. Once the wing are completely dry, they are set and nothing can be done to straighten them. You can, however, provide the butterfly with a home and food for the rest of its life. When you have a butterfly with crinkled wings, it's best to take it in and provide a home for it. A large clear container or cage with mesh screen will keep the butterfly out of trouble. Place plenty of leaves, flowers and twigs in the cage for the butterfly to cling to and crawl over. Feed the butterfly with a solution of 2 parts honey and 8 parts water. Soak a sponge in the solution and place it in the cage. The butterfly should find it and start drinking the fluid. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd.
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Less than 24 hours ago, I had picked up an Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on the side of the road. It was brown, and only its forelegs and head were moving. It is currently in a large jar at my house. The caterpillar's habitat in the jar consists of two Black Cherry branches, and a lot of Cherry leaves I read that they eat Black Cherry. I also sprayed the jar with water from a spray bottle a couple of times so the caterpillar can have water. So far, my caterpillar has done nothing, except barely moving its forelegs and head. It also sometimes shrinks it's head back in a twitching motion. Like I said before, the caterpillar was brown, and I read that Eastern Black Swallowtails turn brown before pupating. Can you please tell me why my caterpillar is not moving?? The eastern tiger swallowtails are the ones who use cherry tree for the host plant. Here is information on the black swallowtail host plants. I have never tried raising eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies. One note is that I wouldn't spray the caterpillars with water. They get the moisture they need from eating the plant. It is normal for caterpillars to rest for long periods especially when they are molting shedding their skin. Also, I have noticed the black swallowtail caterpillar do this I noticed especially that they do this when there is a loud noise clapping hands or something Click here to post comments. Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. Simply click here to return to Butterfly Questions. Home What's New?
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