Two Female Monarchs VERY, VERY TINY, butterflies 08-23-05 These two females emerged from eggs on 08-06-05 found on Asclepias Curassavica, raised indoors fed Incarnata ground grown, on branch in H20 w/in acquarium. Both skin shedding identical on 08-10-05 & 08-13-05 & but I did not observe any skin shedding except the day of Chrysallis formation, which was 08-16-05 -- Perhaps they also skipped instar??? When they emerged both VERY, VERY TINY, butterflies, < a Viceroy. I thought these two tiny females were probably SISTERS -- Perhaps eggs from an older (the same) female??? Perhaps larger, butterflies not only w/i Chrysalis for longer time, but also descendants of younger females??? I reared 62 Monarchs/2005. June-July avg. emerged = 8 days, then mid/late August = 9 days & these 2 emerged = 7 days, early by two days. Toward end of season, house air conditioned, placed Monarchs near central air vent, house no > 70 F. Last 3 Monarchs emerged = 10 days/09-11-05 = VERY VERY LARGE.
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