Thursday, July 14, 2016

Raymonda Hatches!

Raymonda, the Knepp wild pupa hatched today, after 25 days in the pupal state. She was found on Sept 1st last year, successfully hibernated on the 3rd bud down, and fed up slowly during late April and May, before crawling 4.5m up tree to pupate. It is likely that over 500 people saw her in her various guises, then five of us saw her emerge, set her wings and fly off into the sunset. She will get mated tomorrow...   

She was originally called Raymond, but became Raymonda when she pupated (I can sex them).  

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