If you read This Post then you'll know I had 11, VERY late in the season critters to worry about. That was Dec. 3rd. Several didn't make it due to disease. Some wandered off and I couldn't find them. Thankfully, winter came a we bit late so 1 of the 4 I was able to offer safe place to pupate emerged long ago and hopefully is wintering someplace farther south where it's warm. El Nino hit and so did the colder weather. I snipped the leaves and branches off the plants where the chrysalis' were hanging and literally paper clipped them to inside silk plants. I should have done it sooner but I didn't and I honestly don't know how long a butterfly can survive during its transformation.
At first glance she looks perfect. But funny thing about butterflies, they emerge pretty much before noon. I was at work and missed her emerging. She must have struggled trying to come out as one of her legs were broken. Also, one of her inside wings just never filled with blood and it dried up never reaching full size. It was really hard to euthanize her but it was the humane thing to do.
I got lucky. I missed him emerging, but he's healthy.
It got chilly fast so after he sunned for a few hours, I moved him to a plant under our patio so he wouldn't get soaked when the sprinklers go off tomorrow morning.
These little things are just so beautiful and have changed my life on so many levels.
I have one more left...stay tuned.
Happy (butterfly) snapping!
Sharing over at Kim's today