Thursday, March 10, 2011

Swallowtail update

We've identified our butterfly as an Eastern tiger swallowtail, and we're pretty sure she is a dorsal female. Michael and Noor resurrected the hutch they made a few summers ago to place over milkweed plants in the hopes of encouraging other butterflies to lay eggs.

She hasn't flown yet, and we're thinking the house is just too chilly for her.  We're hoping that the lamps will add some much needed heat.

She hadn't touched the sugar water we placed in the cage, so Michael fed her from a dropper.  She immediately perked up and flitted around the cage! Now we just have to figure out how to keep the cats away.

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