Gossamer Tapestry

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Waking for a Drink in the Middle of the Night

We're thirsty! We need a drink of water!

Goodness, it seems like you just went to bed.
OK, you can have your drink. Here, Robin will put you on some wet filter paper.
Drink up.

Now get onto your yurts and go back to sleep.

Sleep tight. Have pleasant dreams about becoming a butterfly.
We'll wake you in a few weeks for breakfast.

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At 11:26, Blogger Ur-spo said...

That does not look like a good breakfast to me.
I will stick with oatmeal.

At 19:51, Blogger cedrorum said...

That last picture is classic.

At 01:04, Blogger Marvin said...

LOL @ larval thoughts.

At 13:15, Blogger R.Powers said...

That last photo answers the question, "Do larvae dream in technicolor?"

At 14:39, Blogger rodger said...

Sure beats breast feeding!

At 23:28, Blogger robin andrea said...

Really nice to see the good care those butterflies get.

At 12:49, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HEY! Fantastic! GREAT to see that the Portland Visit came to practical applications! Fabulous to learn that larvae dream of being a butterfly............NICE picture. Thanks for the smile-maker post today, Dr. T.

At 02:02, Blogger Dr. Know said...

Read the links to the older postings - dedicated work going on there, I'm glad someone out there is watching over these endangered leps. I've played around with some common stuff (Actias luna, Antheraea polyphemus, Papilio polyxenes, Pterourus glaucus) but certainly nothing this small or rare.

Thanks for the insight!

At 18:45, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Doug, how cute! I am thinking of making a butterfly sipping place in my backyard. I was going to use a saucer with some clean sand and water. Do you think this will work? Also, I haven't seen the butterfly you mentioned but then, I'm not sure what it looks like. I did photograph this dusty looking butterfly in the wash and in my yard. I will post the photos later this week but maybe I will email it to you to ID first!

At 09:33, Blogger Will said...

I had never considered that you might have to water your larvae. I'm so fascinated by what you do.


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