Thursday, August 28, 2008

Munchy Hatched!!!!!

Today has been the most exciting day!!! This morning while doing school I was just sitting with Bobbi when I thought, "When is this pupa going to hatch." The pupa, of course, is Munchy, and he has been this way for 3+ weeks. I was pondering what was wrong when I heard a scratching sound, like paper crunching. I looked over and what did I see but Munchy coming out of his cocoon. I called the kids to come see. He just crawled out and up on the side of the net. He was/is beautiful and HUGE. He is probably 3 inches long or longer. His cocoon was like thin tissue paper where he broke out. I was amazed and excited. I ran to find the camera. What a science class we had. We watched him over the next few minutes while his wings went from tiny to huge. Little by little he pumped them up until they were longer than his body. He is still upstairs in his net and hasn't moved since he came out. I have left the lights on so he will not want to fly just yet. We will let him go tonight.


Munchy's cocoon after hatching

Just hatched. Look how small his wings are. There are six yellow bands/dots on his abdomen. That is how he got his name: Manduca sexta.

Check out how big his wings are just a few minutes later.


What big eyes you have. His eye is the black thing there by his antenna. I don't know what that shiny ball is on his head. If anyone knows, please tell me. Just below that ball is his coiled up proboscis or tongue.



Hand some isn't he?! His wings are ginormous!! (is that a word?)


I had to cut the bug net to get a good picture. I don't really advise getting one of these. They net is too hard to see through. Next time, I will make one myself out of a box and some clear plastic for a window.



This is just before we let him go. Tyler touched him and he spread his wings. Beautiful.

Check out this site for more on raising Manduca: http://insected.arizona.edu/manduca/Rear_reargbox.html

6 comments:

This Country Girl August 29, 2008 at 12:31 AM  

Kim,

That is pretty awesome! I think it's one of the most awesome things to observe....and you were there at that very moment! Very cool!

Tammy

country gal August 29, 2008 at 1:47 PM  

faThat's SOOO cool!!!!! I love butterflies!




Joy

country gal August 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM  

Ooops! Didn't mean to put "faThat's"! Sorry!

Scrappymom and Family! October 1, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

WOW WOW WOW. Next year i am definitely ordering one of the butterfly hatching kits! That is so awesome!!
And how lucky that you were there at that moment!

Kim October 1, 2008 at 10:01 AM  

Wow! Real-life science is the best kind! Thanks for sharing.

Alison October 2, 2008 at 5:11 PM  

We love raising caterpillars too. Recently we had three monarchs. Isn't it amazing when they emerge and then to watch them fly off!

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