A couple weeks ago my mom brought over a monarch caterpillar in a jar for Sammy. Each year she and my dad find them on their property and will put one or two in a jar to watch it transform into a butterfly. Sammy's caterpillar built it's chrysalis before he made it to our house, so my mom emailed photos of his progress...
Last night it started to turn black...actually, the chrysalis doesn't really turn black, it gets clear, enabling you to see the black of the wings inside.
We left to take Toby to his 18 month checkup, and when we returned we found this...
So, for a half hour we all forgot how starving we were for lunch, and went out on the deck, where we opened the jar and enjoyed the tame-ness that comes with a newly hatched monarch!
"Wow, this is cool! Almost makes me forget about you holding me down while the doctor tortured me with that enormous needle, Mom!"
Climbing on Sammy's hand
Okay, so I went a little nuts with the camera. But hey, how often do you have the opportunity to take close-up photos of a live butterfly?
(Of course it was only a matter of time before we had to introduce our butterfly to Puppy!)
We ate lunch, played with him a little more, and then said our goodbyes when he was ready to fly away!
I'll try to remember to post a link back to this post next summer and give you a heads up that it's time to go caterpillar hunting!