Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
FACEBOOKTwitterpinterestinstagramYOUTUBE
  Home >

-sub test 3
-Home
-community
-hi
-Camouflage Techniques
-Take a Peek
-The Natural History of Water
-Astronomers of the Month
-2009 ArtWalk Indoor Exhibition Winners
-Super Sea Animals
-Meet the Animals
-Blue Whale
Skeleton Dismantle
-Designing Your Learning Experience
-Coffee Camps
-Sneak Peek into the Science PlayLab
-The Natural History of Butterflies
-Let's Talk About Race
-Restoring the Skull
-Restoring the Skeleton
-Mug Shots
-Biodiversity & You
-Planning Lunch
-Superpowers Headquarters
-What is a Watershed
-WANTED: Plastic Bottles Tops
-The Natural History of Butterflies
-What is a Dinosaur?
-Blue Whale Skeleton Returns
-The Butterfly Nursery
-Dinosaur Timeline
-Can You Find 'em All?
-The Butterfly Nursery
-What Can You Do?
-Water Pollution
-Super Hero Kits
-Theme of the Month
-Go Observe!
-Message in Water
-Scheduling Your Field Trip
-Buy-A-Bone Recognition
-Photo Gallery
-About Chris Jordan
-Biodiversity and You
-Sponsors
-Support
Butterflies Alive!
-sub test 2 giants
-Preparing for your Visit
-Secrets to a Great Field Trip
-What Can You Do
-Sponsors
-Butterflies Alive Sponsors
-SBnature.app
 

  The Butterfly Nursery

The Butterfly Nursery is an emergence chamber which contains butterflies and moths in the pupa stage. The Museum receives shipments of pupae twice weekly from butterfly ranches across the United States. Our Insectary staff carefully unpacks them and places them in this emergence chamber to complete it’s development. This emergence chamber is in full compliance with standard operating procedures approved by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and CDFA (California Department of Food and Agriculture) ensuring the protection of local ecosystems.

Emergence
During the larval stage, caterpillars must shed their exoskeletons to accommodate rapid growth. This shedding is called molting. When the larva is full grown, it molts into the third stage of its life cycle, known as the pupa.




Most pupae remain motionless. Others make rapid jerking motions when disturbed. The butterfly pupa is called a chrysalis. It may be camouflaged or very decorative and colorful.

The pupae of most moths are buried in the soil or leaf litter. Some are encased in a protective silk cocoon.

Inside these pupae, big changes are happening. Cells of the larva break down and reorder the living tissue to form an adult moth or butterfly. This pupa stage may last for several weeks or months, depending on the species. Some pupae sense environmental conditions to determine when to emerge.


Once emerged from the pupa, the adult crawls out to find a good place to unfold its wings. It pumps fluid through the wing veins to stretch and strengthen them. The adult will flap its wings up and down to dry them out before flying away to search for food or to find mate.

 

Exhibitions | Sea Center | Gladwin Planetarium | Education | Collections & Research
Members | Support SBMNH | About Us | Site Map
Your privacy is important - privacy policy © 2014 Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History