We released the butterflies today, with great reluctance from Matilda. However, she did acknowledge that they would probably like to fly out in the open and drink from wildflowers. She was pretty psyched to bring the little cage around with her all morning in the car. She told me that the butterflies liked the cd we were listening to. In the end it was so exciting to see them flying free and to hold them briefly on a paper towel, that I think that experience helped her get past any sadness.
She held the towel up to a rose and got each butterfly interested in some tasty food. Here you can kind of see the proboscis rolled out for a drink.
Porter is not poking as it appears, but excited and talking nicely to the butterfly saying goodbye.
Have fun out there Painted Ladies!