The red is meconium, which comes from their wings.
They will be released soon!
The 5 chrysalides have been moved into their new home whilst they harden and the butterfly starts to form within. One of the caterpillars decided it couldn’t be bothered to climb to the top of the cup to form a chrysalides and so this one has been placed on kitchen towel to form lying down rather than hanging.
The chrysalides continue to make the change into butterflies but there isn’t an obvious change for us to see other than they are a bit darker in colour. However we have zoomed our camera in as far as it would go and we can see the painted lady butterfly’s wing forming. Can you spot it too?
They have now been chrysalides for about a week so another few days until the butterflies emerge.
Tuesday 21st April
Look what Mrs Robinson caught on camera!
19th April 2020
Wednesday 22nd April
The butterflies have flown!