Monday, August 16, 2010

The Butterfly

Today was our first day of school and perhaps I will blog about that tomorrow. The most exciting thing about today was the hatching of our butterfly!

Two weeks ago at our CSA pickup we found a big caterpillar like this and a very tiny, fuzzy caterpillar that eventually grew into this as well:

The first caterpillar quickly turned into a chrysalis one night while we slept. We looked up online and expected that today would be the first possible day it could hatch. Throughout the day it turned darker and darker.

And, when we came back from 1 1/2 hours at the pool, look what we saw:

After dinner we took him outside and Michael set him on Andrew's shoulder:

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly! Isn't he beautiful!

Andrew was pretty thrilled:

Can you tell? :)
Then we moved the butterfly to the zinnia patch and Andrew ran to get his camera to record the event:

Making sure to get every shot:

The butterfly's new home:

What a beautiful thing to watch in our home! I felt very blessed to have the mama duck choose our home to hatch her ducklings, and I can hardly believe we've been blessed again to have a caterpillar turn into a butterfly! Our second caterpillar has been eating like crazy for two weeks and I expect he will make his chrysalis anytime now.

2 comments: said...

OH... I am so thrilled for the kids, especially wonderful to get it on camera... I want a copy of Andrew with his butterfly!!!! what a beautiful one it!!!
mom :)

Jessica said...

so beautiful! what a lucky summer.. yesterday i saw the biggest snapping turtle i have ever seen. it was at least 1.5 ft across one side and swimming in a very shallow pond. i love finding nature so close.