How does it happen? You ask.
I'm so glad you asked such a good question, so I'll tell you. I just happen to have some pictures to share as visual aides.
First, notice the cocoon on the bottom. Do you see the stripes? Those stripes are signs that the cocoon is stretching and that the butterfly will soon emerge.
When the wing pattern becomes visible, as it is on the bottom cocoon, the butterfly is only mintues away from making it's big debut!
It happens fast! I didn't get picture of the buttefly coming out, because I was video taping it. Don't laugh. Yes I video taped it. There's nothing wrong with it. It's very educational and . . . I'm a nerd. I like that kind of thing.
If I can figure out how to get my video on You Tube, I'll share the butterfly coming out of his cocoon. I haven't figured that out yet.
We now have 5 beautiful bouncing baby, painted lady butterflies fluttering around our butterfly house. In a couple of days they will have had plenty of flying practice and we'll set them free. Right now, they are hopping around and trying to figure out how to use their wings.