Once they cocooned themselves, we transferred them to their house! They hatched and we kept them for a few days before we let them go. Dakin enjoyed watching them. (The red and white thing on the side is the top of the cup--there were still cocoons attached to it, so I couldn't move it. The red stuff, strangely enough, is meconium. The little white balls in the bottom were nectar soaked paper towels to feed them.)I was hoping to get some enchanting pictures of Dakin holding them, but he evidently did not inherit my butterfly magnetism. They just wouldn't stay on him. Aren't they beautiful? These are Painted Lady butterflies. We had 8 in total, and released the last one--who hatched about 3 days after the last ones were already out in the world--in honor of our little SMARD friend in England who passed away in May. Couldn't think of a better way to honor her.