Friday, July 20, 2007

Monarch Project, Day 10

monarch spinning cocoon video

Video taken yesterday of Monarch#1 weaving its chrysalis in both regular time lapse (1 frame per 12 seconds) and 1/2 speed. We got a slightly better angle this time, though you can clearly see the reflection of the camera in the center of the screen. Interesting to note that both Monarchs spun their cocoons between 6:30 and 7:00 AM.

Both Monarchs are still in their cocoons; according to what I have read they will take between 9 and 14 days to emerge.

monarch caterpillar

A shot of Monarch #4, our newest arrival. We got #4 off our Swamp Milkweed two days ago, and he was about 3/4 of an inch from antennae to antennae.

Progress so far:
  • Caterpillars: 4
  • Cocoons: 2
  • Butterflies: 0

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