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Detail of raw edge applique butterfly on bib of apron

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Comment by Beverly Jane on December 10, 2012 at 6:36pm

They are exquisite and she does bring them in to go through the whole process. Patience galore and she feeds them to keep the butterfly healthy. I don't think I have ever been close up to any but the yellow with black and white. My DIL had a Lunar Moth at her home which is quite near where we live.

Comment by Karen on December 10, 2012 at 5:33pm

H Beverly Jane

If my Biology comes back to me, the caterpillar (silk worm) spins silk to form the cocoon in which it changes into a butterfly which then lays eggs which hatch into caterpillars!  I hatched a load from the chrysalis stage that I found on our tomato plants once - they were all Cabbage White - fascinating.  How the Orientals managed to farm them for silk all those years ago is amazing.  We have the Swallowtails here in Norfolk, and I tried taking a picture of one with my mobile but it would not stay still!  Lovely things.

Comment by Beverly Jane on December 10, 2012 at 2:52pm

Lovely!!!  Another friend loves butterflies.  She actually grows them from the silk worm stage.  Not sure if I am using the right words.  I made a butterfly pillow for her as a surprise.  She loved it and I know she would love this one you have done too.  Thanks a lot for sharing.

Comment by Alexia on December 10, 2012 at 8:46am


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