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Blue Morphos: From Farm to Fairchild

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

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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


 

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