Painted Lady Butterflies

Come See our Caterpillars change right before your eyes!

We have a group of caterpillars eating and growing right now to soon become chrysalis and then butterflies! You can come to the library and observe their amazing  yourself. Be sure to keep an eye out here and on our social media pages to see updates on their progress.

Like all butterflies Painted Ladies have 4 main life stages. Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis/Pupa, Butterfly. The adult butterflies lay eggs that hatch into caterpillars. The caterpillars then eat and eat and eat until they are ready to pupate. In this stage, the caterpillar hangs itself upside down and starts to cover itself in a sticky cocoon called a chrysalis. While in the chrysalis its body will under go immense change as it starts to grow wings and inteni. When the butterfly is fully formed and ready to emerge the thin walls of the chrysalis will start to crack as the butterfly emerges. Once the butterfly has left their chrysalis they will go one to eventually lay eggs of their own and the cycle will continue. 

Some of our painted lady butterflies have begun to emerge from their chrysalises! Come see our brand new friends for yourself before we release them.

Look at our little friends dance, they are so happy to be in their Chrysalises!

Painted Lady Fun Facts

  • Painted Ladies are found on every continent except Australia, where it is too hot, and Antarctica, where it is too cold.
  • Painted lady butterflies can fly more than 100 miles each day while migrating and up to 30 mph. 
  • You only really see butterflies during the day because butterfly wings are very sensitive to the cold and need the sun to keep their wings warm enough to fly.

See their progress!

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