Behind the Scenes of Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies
Preparing for Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies takes lots of planning from many staff members, and the contributions of many volunteers. Butterflies arrive by US mail as chrysalises, and are put in hatcheries where they emerge as butterflies and fly freely in the Bolz Conservatory.
A shipment of butterfly chrysalises arrives by US Mail. Shipments arrive twice each week.
Volunteers sort and inventory chrysalises by type of butterfly.
Volunteers glue chrysalises onto string. The string is attached to wooden dowels, which are put in the hatcheries.
Chrysalises ready for hatcheries
Chrysalises have been attached to strings on wooden dowels and are ready to be placed in the hatcheries.
Chrysalises hang in the hatchery. A butterfly has already emerged from the chrysalis on the left. The butterfly is almost ready to emerge from the chrysalis in the middle. The chrysalis on the right will probably hatch in a few days. Monarch chrysalises turn from light green to translucent as the butterflies get closer to emerging.
A monarch butterfly emerges from its chrysalis.