Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Monday, August 20, 2007


Strange doings are in the lab. What could be happeining?

The caterpillars have been doing so well in their cages. Why is Vincent taking them off of their racks?

Whoa! We've got a whole lot of metamorphosis going on here. We've got over 70 adult silver-bordered fritillaries. On Wednesday afternoon, we will have our long-awaited field release of these guys.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the swamp metalmark larvae are still doing very well.

Swamp thistle leaf with swamp metalmark caterpillars

Thanks to Lisa for the photos.

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At 17:19, Blogger robin andrea said...

That is so cool. Love the pic of the fritillaries in their cups. Wednesday is going to be a very good day for them!

At 23:28, Blogger Ur-spo said...

it sounds all rather sinister in a mad scientist sort of way.
but i know it is something marvelous.

At 08:32, Blogger BentonQuest said...

Awaiting those cigars!

At 15:04, Anonymous Jyoti said...

wow that sounds so great!

At 17:13, Anonymous rcwbiologist said...

That's great news. Congratulations on doing so well with this. I hope your luck continues.

At 18:29, Blogger rodger said...

Maybe Vincent can't remember where he put his cup of coffee.

Have a great time on Wednesday. I'm sure it is a thrill to send the kids off.


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