Painted Lady Caterpillars

Fun photo for the day! We ordered these Painted Lady caterpillars from Carolina Biological Supply and they are currently in the process of transforming into chrysalis form. The caterpillars come in these little tubs full of food (that yellow stuff) and after only a few weeks, they climb to the lids, suspend themselves from the paper towel, and begin to metamorphose. So cool!

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Posted on May 21, 2011, in Fauna and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That is cool. I wanna get me one.

  2. Hmm. Nature in a plastic cup. Interesting.

  3. I think this would be a wonderful gift for a child. So long as the results, and I am sure they are in your case, released into a field of sort.

    • Thanks for your comments Stephen. In fact, the butterflies cannot be released by law into my state (Oregon) to prevent the spread of pathogens from captive-bred species into wild populations. Adult Painted Ladies live about two weeks long and can be kept in a wire mesh cage/tank setup with nectar, water, and places to hang out.

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