Painted lady butterflies

From egg to chrysalis

The eggs are bright green and about 1 mm in diameter.

After hatching they are about 2 mm long and are placed in chambers with some food.

After a few weeks they can be 30 to 40 mm long.

They then attach to the paper on top of the chamber and form a chrysalis:


They are then placed in a special cage:

If one comes off the paper they can be placed in the bottom of a container with some paper:

As long as the chrysalis has not been damaged the butterfly should emerge from the back and crawl onto the paper to form its wings.

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