These pictures were just taken today (11-18-08) roughly around noon. Since it is hunting season, are these deer just really tame or down right smart to stay away from hunters? Honestly, I think I am going to say both.
Here are more pictures of the transformation of the caterpillar to a butterfly.
I am not sure if the butterfly is a male or female. I will let Nathan continue to think it is a girl so he can call her Cali. I have tried getting the butterfly to eat some watermelon. So far I haven’t notice her eat yet. She keeps flexing her wings so I don’t think she is ready to be released yet. She wasn’t trying to fly either so we’ll wait a day or two before releasing.
I am helping Nathan rear a monarch caterpillar for the Monarch Watch. Once his caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it will be tagged and recorded before it makes it’s journey to Mexico. Despite the fact that Nathan is terrified of bugs, he was thrilled to have a new “pet.” He says his caterpillar is a girl so we decided on a name of Cali the Caterpillar. It is amazing on how young children do not have a sense of time. He repeatedly asked to see his caterpillar to make sure she was eating and growing bigger all within one night’s time. I will update the progress of Cali’s transformation into a beautiful monarch butterfly.