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Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:18:25 -0600
From: Tim Jones <deforest...>
Subject: Re: Did you see this story about repairing a butterfly's wing?

Hi Mary,

On Dec 8th, the day it snowed in Austin our housekeeper found a gulf =
fritillary=20
caterpillar crawling on the porch. We put it in a Mason jar with a sprig =
of=20
passionflower vine. After feasting for about a week it became a "j" and =
then=20
become a chrysalis on the stem.
On the 30th of December it hatched and we've been keeping it in a =
terrarium=20
with little bowls of paper towel soaked in sugar water. It does nectar =
on the sugar=20
water. I know it wants to fly away but with the sub freezing nights =
we're having=20
these days, and the birds, I don't think it would last long outside. =
There are no=20
flowers to speak of.=20

Do you or does anyone know how long it might survive? I'd love to let it =
go but=20
not right into an early death. Why was this one such a late arrival?

Another question I have, would it have been better to let it over-winter =
as a chrysalis=20
outside then and emerge in spring=85 or do they do that?

Tim Jones
Wimberley, Texas


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