YAY! All five of our painted lady chrysalises hatched. One thing we've learned is that a butterflies kept inside don't fly. They crawl and shake out their wings, but they don't fly. It's a little sad.
The weather was pretty bad for several days, so we continued to care for and observe them.
Finally the storms all passed and the weather warmed up. As soon as we brought the cage outside the butterflies started fluttering around. One of them wasn't wasting time saying goodbye. He was gone as soon as we unzipped the top. I think he was the eldest.
The others were a little more sentimental in their goodbyes.
And now...they are gone. I'm a little sad. The habitat is empty. I'm going to miss them.