Flutterings at Fairchild

« Back to Archive - June 2013

Blue Morphos: From Farm to Fairchild

Mon, Jun 03, 2013 at 02:19:24 PM

The Butterfly Walk


The Morpho breeding cage


With a lot of inhabitants


Laying eggs on their host-plant


Which are collected daily, approx. 2000 eggs per day


Michael has this task every day


Eggs are hatched in a secure cage in the laboratory


Small caterpillars are then returned to living
host-plants and protected by fine mesh bags


Once fully grown the mature caterpillars are
returned to a cage in the lab to pupate


Blue Morpho pupae home at Fairchild


And an adult Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) butterfly
at Fairchild's The Wings of the Tropics exhibit


blog comments powered by Disqus