Atlantis to land with monarch butterflies by Mary Ellen Ryall

Monarch butterfly pupa in space

Three monarch butterfly pupa in space

Atlantis is about to land in Florida on 27 November 2009.  Three monarch butterfly caterpillars went along for the ride.  Here is a photo of them in the pupa stage on the space shuttle.  The photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day, 26 November, 2009.  Indeed I give thanksgiving that they made it far from Earth, their home, and that no harm came to them while they where in outer space and changed from caterpillar to pupa.

Butterflies are free.  They live in the natural world in Canada, USA and Mexico.  They fly but not in outer space.


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