This is Renate Hunt of Brandon. She's heading out into her back yard to gather eggs. And if you were raised in the country, an entirely different mental picture of what she is going after may have popped into your mind. But she's not looking for hen eggs, but butterfly eggs. And specific butterflies lay their eggs on specific types of plants. Fennel and dill seems to be a favorite for Mississippi's state butterfly, the swallowtail.
Renate Hunt: And it maybe was laid today or yesterday, I don't know. But.
Walt: Renate has a place all fixed up specifically for raising butterflies. It takes a sharp eye to spot the tiny white eggs. They are just little dots on the undersides of the plants. And they choose specific plants because when the eggs hatch into caterpillars, the tiny little insects start in eating. And that is their main purpose in life for the first couple of weeks of life, to eat as often as they can, as much as they can. Then, in about a week, they have grown from tiny, tiny to ginormous eating machines, devouring everything put before them.
Renate: And if you run out of dill or fennel, you can go in your grocery store and buy a little bundle of parsley for about 50 cents or so.
Walt: After a couple of weeks of gorging, suddenly, they stop eating altogether. And turn into little oblong objects, attach themselves somewhere and sit. And sit. You think they are dead the get so still. And shrink. And dry up and turn brown. And just about the time you think you've killed them, one morning you look in your container and discover, not a caterpillar, but a butterfly. And the only thing left to do is open the door and let 'em go.
Renate: It's so easy to RESCUE them, is what the right word should be, rescue.
Walt: It's a little miracle right there on your porch, to see this change into this. And when they discover their wings and let them dry and get used to them, they're gone. Gone to find a mate and repeat the process. And, somehow, find the wintering grounds in Mexico and such places. And come again next year looking for our patches of dill and fennel that we're gonna be sure to set out for them by next spring, to lay more eggs and make more caterpillars that will shrivel up into pupa and unfold into beautiful butterflies.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:15:12 GMT
The two men battling for the chance to become Jackson's next mayor campaigned into the night as voters prepared to go to the polls for Tuesday's democratic primary runoff. On the WLBT 6pm report, we talkedMore >>
The two leading men battling for the chance to become Jackson's next mayor campaigned into the night as voters prepared to go to the polls for Tuesday's Democratic Primary runoff.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:50:22 GMT
MOORE, OK (RNN) – In one of the few positive stories to come from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, an elderly woman was reunited with a four-legged friend she thought was dead. Barbara Garcia, a residentMore >>
Elderly resident Barbara Garcia frantically called for her dog after the tornado had leveled her house, but with no success.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:35 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:35:44 GMT
Linda Gale Reed is accused of stealing over $20,000 from her employer in Copiah County, Moore Fabrication. That's what led investigators to change her status from missing to wanted during their 2012 searchMore >>
Linda Gale Reed is accused of stealing over $20,000 from her employer in Copiah County, Moore Fabrication. That's what led investigators to change her status from "missing" to "wanted" during their 2012 search following her disappearance.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:41 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:41:07 GMT
The Jackson Police Department is searching for two men who robbed a cell phone store Monday night. Shortly before 7 p.m., two male suspects entered the T-Mobile store at 4924 I-55 north. They robbedMore >>
The Jackson Police Department is searching for two men who robbed a cell phone store Monday night.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:10:13 GMT
The Ridgeland Police Department is searching for two suspects, both accused of stealing a cell phone, and is asking for the public's help identifying the men.According to Detective Don Martin, the firstMore >>
The Ridgeland Police Department is searching for two suspects, both accused of stealing a cell phone, and is asking for the public's help identifying the men.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:48:55 GMT
The storm system from Oklahoma is moving eastward Tuesday night. A Tornado Watch is in effect for Humphreys, Attala and Holmes counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The brunt of the action will stay northMore >>
The storm system from Oklahoma is moving eastward Tuesday night. A Tornado Watch is in effect for Humphreys, Attala and Holmes counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday.More >>
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