Sulphur Butterfly Emerges  
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
On October 2nd I could see the yellow showing through the chrysalis so I knew it would emerge soon.
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
I think this is the winter form of the Orange Barred Sulphur female, but the chrysalis was smaller than the other one I raised, so before it emerged and I saw the orange-red on the wings I thought it was a Cloudless.

I have a bunch of caterpillars going right now, some all ready in chrysalis, so I'll update after I get one that I'm sure is a cloudless to compare to this one.

Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Look at how much difference one night made! It emerged right in front of me shortly after I took this picture.
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
It squeezed out the bottom a bit, and then, like an acrobat, it did a really fast back flip that brought it all the way out of its chrysalis.
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Then the butterfly hung on its chrysalis, extending and drying its wings, while I sat snapping pictures as fast as I could.
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Caution: Raising butterflies can be distracting, and disruptive to your family and job.

When you find yourself feeding your caterpillars before you cook dinner, and your kids are suddenly interested in operating the washing machine because you might have neglected the laundry a little too long (ok, that was an unexpected bonus; I've been trying to make them help with the laundry for years!), and then you risk nearly being late to work because you need to watch the butterfly emerge...

Well, you've been warned!

It is so very tempting to gently stick your finger in front a butterfly after it emerges. They will crawl right on up and hang there while you look at them. [Make sure you let them hang upside-down or their wings will dry wrong and they will be unable to fly.] See that droplet the butterfly is excreting? When you have an emerging butterfly, be careful to hold a tissue under it to catch those! It's abdomen is puffy and full of fluid when it comes out of the chrysalis. Some of that fluid gets pumped into its wings to extend them, but the rest comes out and lands on whatever the butterfly is over; you probably don't want that to be your carpet or clothing.
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Unfortunately at this point I HAD to leave for work or be late. Bummer! (No, I was extremely unhappy, I did NOT want to leave until it flew away, and I nearly called in sick so I could continue to play with it, but I didn't.)

I coaxed the butterfly onto a leaf on my potted Mistflower, moved it to a sheltered corner of my porch, stuck a couple of other plants in front of it to hide it better (I didn't want it to become bird food!), hoped for the best, and left.

Even though I was beyond upset at having to leave before I coaxed it to open its wings for a photo, and before I got to see it fly away, I did giggle all day at the memory of watching it emerge. It was worth raising it to watch that happen!

This page took all morning to make, and that's just cropping the photos and making the page. I have other sulphur pictures to post, but I'm sure I won't get to them all this weekend because I HAVE to do housework! Stay tuned for updates.

Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly Emerges from its Chrysalis
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