|Nameless Butterfly Farm|
|Many years ago, the ladies of court kept elaborate flower gardens, each noblewoman competing with the others for the most exotic and brilliant types of flowers. Gradually, the quality of garden began to be judged on the number and types of butterflies that frequented it. One clever noblewoman began to raise her own beautiful butterflies to release into her garden, and thus the art of butterfly fancying was created.
Today, butterflies are mostly raised to be proudly displayed in competitions and to be sold or given away/traded to other fanciers. Butterflies are usually given an identifying name by their owners, usually a two word English name that describes the appearance of the butterfly. If the offspring of a particularly remarkable butterfly carry the traits of their famous parent, the breeder will usually give the offspring a name derived from the name of the parent butterfly.
Nameless Forest butterflies do not have a definable genetic code, but certain traits are more rare than others, and generally these rare traits are considered more fancy or desirable. Among the most sought-after traits are multiple tails on the wings, very long antennae, very large wings, attractive notches in the wings, and elaborate markings and colors. Most butterfly fanciers selectively choose which of their stock to breed based on the best chances of bringing out fancy traits.
Breeding butterflies can be an interesting undertaking, because it is usually impossible to outwardly tell one gender from another. The surest way to get a clutch of eggs is to own as many butterflies as possible, thus insuring that one owns at least one of each gender. Generally breeders will try to determine the genders of their animals by observing them mating and keeping careful check of which individuals are laying eggs.
The female butterfly will lay many eggs, but generally only a few survive long enough to pupate and reach adulthood (between 3 and 7). When the caterpillars reach adulthood, some are usually kept by the breeding farm and the rest are sold.
**Note** You must own both butterflies to breed them together. Breedings may not always be successful unless you own more than 5 butterflies to guarantee one of each gender is present. The breeder is free to keep as many offspring as he or she wants and sell/distribute/trade the rest as he or she sees fit. If the breeding is done through the Orchard, Adlana gets to keep one of the offspring as payment (breeder still gets first pick).