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First butterfly emerged!

August 26th, 2016 at 04:06 pm

So we went from fat caterpillars about a week and a half ago....



to my first butterfly, newly emerged and drying out its wings.





I had checked on my 8 chrysallises yesterday several times throughout the day, and all was quiet. This morning around 8 a.m. I went into the garage and found this first butterfly quietly sitting and no doubt getting its bearings.

I took all the branches out of the aquarium so it could more easily fly out but it seemed to be having a little trouble getting airborne. So I got it to climb on my hand and then after taking a few selfies... Smile





i gently transferred it to a sedum in my yard.



But then my batteries ran out and I had to race inside to get more, and I think my presence scared it a little because before I knew it, it had fluttered above me in the air, headed toward some large rhododendrons.

It was all very exciting.

Eight more to go!

6 Responses to “First butterfly emerged!”

  1. Jenn Says:

    He's beautiful! That is really neat.

    We've raised some monarchs from a catalog with the kids, but we've never gotten caterpillars directly from the yard the way you did.

  2. littlegopher Says:

    What a beautiful butterfly - how exciting! Yay for you in taking on their care!!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    It's beautiful. I imagine this must feel much like watching chicks hatch.

  4. scfr Says:

    How exciting and beautiful!

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, your first beautiful baby! I didn't realize the process would go so quickly!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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