The Niles Public Library has delivered two healthy, bedazzled Monarch butterflies as of Monday, July 20 – one that day and another the day before. It happened in KidSpace, where a rectangular glass enclosure allowed patrons to observe these little critters evolving from munching caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. It is worth noting that this opportunity could not have been possible without godmother Iris from Patron Services (see photo).
Wise in the way of Monarchs and able to readily find milkweed (which cocooning would-be butterflies insist on), Iris truly is the heroine of the hour. Bravo!
By the way, the butterflies are released into the wild within a few hours after they emerge – just long enough to dry off. If you didn’t get a chance to see these butterflies in action, never fear! There are more caterpillars wrapped snugly in their chrysalises, getting ready to make their reappearance. Stop by KidSpace this week to see if you can catch a glimpse of them before they fly away!