Mrs B's Great Adventure (22) Meconium

Now safely out of the chrysalis, our male Brimstone has 3 vital tasks to perform.
1 He has to zip together the 2 sides of the proboscis, the tube through which he will now feed.
2 Inflate his wings. He does this by pumping meconium into the wing's venous system (note the pink tinge) using movement and gravity. When the wings are fully expanded, the meconium returns to the body, any left in the wings will dry & harden helping to strengthen the delicate wings.
3 He needs to remove any excess meconium from his body.
Meconium is NOT blood, it is the waste product of the metabolic changes in the pupa.
After a few minutes, the wings will be fully inflated, they will dry and harden, but he cannot yet be released. In the wild he will remain suspended from the leaf under which he pupated
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I've loved watching this development, its amazing. thankyou
posted June 23rd, 2018  
Ditto the above:) x
posted June 23rd, 2018  
@susie1205 Thank you, Susie. I hoped people would find it interesting and possibly even a little bit educational. I know that during my 2 Brimstone years, I have learnt things that I didn't know from breeding other species.
j
posted June 23rd, 2018  
@fbailey You know only too well I find insects fascinating and wonderful, almost everything else (other than dogs!) is invisible to me,
jx
posted June 23rd, 2018  
I certainly never expected quite such a science lesson on 365! Incredible! I am loving this!
posted June 23rd, 2018  
@stownsend So pleased you are finding the series interesting, thank you
j
posted June 23rd, 2018  
So exciting to see them bloom.
posted June 23rd, 2018  
@joev Thanks, Joe, almost finished.
j
posted June 23rd, 2018  
I'm am terrified of moths but I have found this mesmerising,
posted June 23rd, 2018  
This has been so neat to follow!
posted June 24th, 2018  
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