We have liftoff!

This is the concluding chapter of the metamorphosis saga, in which  a black swallowtail caterpillar hitchhiked from the nursery to our home on a fennel plant. I watched the caterpillar grow, and pupate, and finally, emerge.

The backstory: As I walked by the chrysalis one morning early last week, I touched it gently. To my immense surprise, it reacted almost violently with a series of jerky movements. (I had no idea they did that.) I went to work and when I returned, I saw that it had opened.

Such a tiny opening! I immediately started looking for the butterfly, and there it was, drying its wings on the lawn.

End of saga. I was lucky to be able to follow it from beginning to end.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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6 Responses to We have liftoff!

  1. Lazygardener says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.


  2. GardenPest says:

    So wonderful to read and then to see photos, wow. thanks.


  3. CJ Wright says:

    Hi, dn. I’ve missed too many posts due to a yahoo problem. Your butterfly is gorgeous. I’m so glad you got to see the entire process. Lucky!


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