My girls and I came home to a house cleaner than it was when we left (thank you for all your hard work, Mr. T!), and eight lovely Ladies! We couldn't countenance keeping them in the net cage for a moment longer than necessary, so after a head count and a little up close viewing of the Ladies drinking watermelon juice, we took the habitat outside and helped them up and out into fresh air and freedom.*
We have one more Lady drying its wings in the habitat, and one last pupa, so a little more adventure awaits us this weekend.
A little more loveliness: the name for an insect in its final, sexually mature life stage is imago; the plural form of that word is imagines (pronounced ih-MAY-guh-neez). I love that.
*The whole time I had Hey Ladies running through my head. If you like the Beastie Boys that's a great video, btw.