Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Butterflies are Free!

You can see his wings

I went to bed on Friday night feeling anxious. One of the monarch chrysalis' was changing.  The wings could be seen beneath the pale green of its cocoon. I didn't want to miss watching the butterfly burst forth from its shell, but it was late and I was tired.

small wings, large body
Still, I was up early on Saturday, checking on my butterfly's progress. Happily, he was still in his shell.  In the short time it took me to feed the dog, he had begun to emerge.

wings are uncurling, getting larger

At first his wings seemed much to small and I worried that he was deformed in some way.  I took him outside into the sunshine. He began to move his wings, opening them, soaking up the warm morning air.  He sat on my finger, weightless, his feet sticky.

I went into the house and found another of the butterflies had emerged from her chrysalis.  I had two of them now.

They both hung on the bird feeder for awhile and then, worrying that a bird might think they looked too enticing, I moved them to the garden.  And that's where they stayed until they flew away.  They're both females, so I hope they'll soon mate and lay more eggs in my garden.
Free at last


Anne Frasier/Theresa Weir said...

really am loving all of this, M. kind of feels like i'm there!

Marilyn Victor said...

Glad you're enjoying it. It really is fun. I have three more butterflies getting ready to pop.