All Creatures Great & Small
Our gold fringed “lima beans” turned deep dark brown, almost black, and we knew that was either bad news, or a good sign:
We’ve learned it’s good news. As you can see in the image to the right, the shell gets tissue-paper thin, just before it splits and the butterfly pours out.
I am happy to report, I have upped my YouTube presence with another video. Capturing this bugger was quite a juggle. I had one camera recording until the battery died, and quickly staked another camera, switched out the battery, charge, stake a fresh camera, repeat for at least 4 hours. Whew! But, mission accomplished.
Not only was capturing the evolution successful, I am able to take credit for editing this video. I am overflowing with a sense of accomplishment on that one. I hope to post more videos this year. Maybe.
Dancing on Air
The fellow that gave us the caterpillars, a bonsai artist/gardener, referred to these new butterflies as being tame. I was amused with his choice of words: a tame butterfly. And, they are quite tame.
Either that, or utterly bewildered. Overall, this was an enjoyable and rewarding science project. Here are a couple more pics:
They remained tame for just about a day. After that, they dance on the air and flit away, soaring to new horizons.