I’ve always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it’s never too late to transform ourselves.
Last year I finally had success in photographing a chrysalis of a beautiful spring-time butterfly, the Falcate Orange-tip. I collected four eggs and their host plants and brought them inside to rear because I had no success in locating their thorn-mimic pupa in the wild. I have kept them on the screen porch all year so they would be exposed to cold temperatures and humidity. I saw my first Falcate Orange-tip flying in the yard on Tuesday of this week, so I figured it was time to start observing my pupae. Sure enough, two emerged yesterday and one early this morning. I photographed the freshly emerged adult (a female) right before releasing her.
Below is the entire sequence from an egg from last March, to larva, to chrysalis, to the adult from this morning. The circle is complete…a sure sign of Spring.
Wow, wow, wow! Can’t wait to see our cecropias come out!
Yeah, this is very cool. I think the Cecropias will be late May/early June.
That is nothing short of miraculous! A wonderful photographic story of life.
Thank you, Mary Kay. It was a joy observing and photographing them (and then releasing them back into the wild).
loved this post, and the accompanying photos!