Tag Archives: Butterfly

Striking Gold: Why Are Butterfly Chrysalises Gold?

  Written by Nancy Miorelli Many butterfly chrysalises glimmer in the sunlight with golden studs or gold leafing. Rather than looking like something living, these delicate pupa decorate the surrounding foliage like miniature ornaments.┬áTheir beauty and stunning brilliance has been … Continue reading

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Fleeting Moments: How Long Do Butterflies Live?

  Written by Nancy Miorelli Have you ever found some butterflies, been captivated by their magic, and wondered how long they live? Well if you have, you’re not alone. Not only did we get several questions about this in our … Continue reading

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On the Tip of the Butterfly’s Tongue

Written by Nancy Miorelli Puddling The short of this answer is that butterflies have a behavior where they sit on river banks, dead stuff, or poop and lap up the┬ásalts and minerals. It’s a behavior that can be seen in … Continue reading

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What proportion of insects dying in captivity is considered ‘normal’?

Written by Joe Ballenger Your Name: Caryl Your Bug Question: I raise early season monarchs inside in New Zealand.(I bring the chrysalides inside because of our poor spring weather with heavy rains and gales). Yesterday 12 eclosed but 3 fell … Continue reading

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Why is this chrysalis always dripping?

Post written by Joe Ballenger This post is going to be odd, because I’m going to start with a confession: This question initially stumped me, and it actually took me a couple weeks to fully figure out what was going … Continue reading

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Is That Bug a Boy or a Girl?

Written by Nancy Miorelli Lots of people are curious and want to know if the animal they’re looking at is a boy a girl. You can’t tell the difference with every animal just by looking at it. If you can … Continue reading

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Why are caterpillar hairs itchy? Why do caterpillar hairs cause abortions in horses? Can they hurt other pets?

Written by Joe Ballenger The great thing about being on social media is that we run into a lot of questions and conversations that are very closely related to each other despite the fact that the participants might not realize … Continue reading

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