So... Mr. Caterpillar was eating like crazy until one day, he kept leaving the plant and ending up in weird places. I kept putting him back on the plant (because I like to interfere with nature, silly human that I am!) not realizing that he was searching for a good place to set up camp. He finally found the right spot and got all set and hung upside down. Then his body started blistering and puffing up. It was insane. This whole process happened within an hour. I kept running back to see what was happening next! Here are a few pics during the process.
|Pupa state, blistering, bubbling, finally a chrysalis.|
|Me driving with all my plants and critters. I had a|
chrysalis, 2 caterpillars and a fish in the car with me.
The next morning my husband was in the garage going through boxes when he suddenly yelled, "Lindsay! Get out here right now!!" He had caught the butterfly emerging! It was amazing. It's a slower process that I had expected. Apparently they have to let their wings unfold and dry off before they can fly. It also seemed to me that he needed to get his sea legs.
|Just emerged, wings still folded.|
|Wings stretching out, happy to be free!|
|The beautiful Gulf Fritillary next to a caterpillar about to undergo his own transformation.|