Mexican Fritillary (Euptoieta hegesia) Emergance

6:27 a.m.                                                    8.42 a.m.

just after emerging, 11:11 a.m. on 9/3/08

11:13 a.m.

11:16 a.m.

11:16 and 11:17 a.m.

11:55 a.m.

feeling energetic, 2:14 p.m.

It was a school day when this chrysalis was ready to eclose (emerge), so I took it to my high school classroom. We were fortunate that one of my classes got to see the butterfly just after it emerged. (We barely missed the main event; I suppose teaching got in the way of education!)

The butterfly was ready to go by early afternoon, but I kept it in a plastic container until I could release it when I got home at about 4:30. It did not batter itself or make any real effort to escape. Even when released, it rested quietly on the branch where I left it for quite some time before exercising its new-found gift of flight.

Notice that Mexican Fritillaries leave lots of silk around their pupae. In some of the later pictures, the silvery part of the chrysalis shows nicely.

Mexican Fritillary Caterpillar Life
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