Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Butterfly release

It was an eventful animal week for mom. Normally, she stays in her office and crunches numbers. 
One of mom's co-workers raises butterflies. He gave two cocoons to some other coworkers. One of them was out when her butterfly emerged, so mom got to help with the release. 


This is a swallowtail butterfly. Butterflies are important because they help pollinate flowers. 

After it emerged from the cocoon, she waited an hour so that the wings could dry.



Then she took the butterflies outside to the nearest bush with flowers. This provides a food source. 
This butterfly flapped its wings a few times, then flew away. 

This one hung out for a little while longer, exploring the nandina bush. 
Yay for butterflies!

7 comments:

  1. How cool is that!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  2. How cool! We never saw'd that before
    Lily & Edward

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  3. How pawsome! We luvs seein butterflies!

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  4. Oh my gosh!! Do you know how much I would love to help and see this!
    love
    tweedles

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  5. Very pretty! Your mom certainly knows how to take care of ALL KINDS of animals. I've been seeing a lot of butterflies around lately. I like when they follow me on my walks.

    -Love,
    Sid.

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