Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Butterfly Birthday

The first porch butterfly hatched this morning.  I knew he (watch for the two black dots on the lower wings) was close to hatching so I hurried with the barn chores and came back to the house to watch.  While I was killing time I decided to wash the dishes...and missed the first 30 or so seconds.  Housework...

While the weather is just as ugly as it could possibly be (way too hot and humid for a September morning!), it's perfect for a newly hatched butterfly and his wings were dry and he was ready to release in just a couple of hours.  

I carried him out to the zinnias and carefully turned the hamper over so the top was open, gently set it on the bench, grabbed my camera...and zip, he was gone!  This was the only "release" picture I got.


He immediately got to drinking...probably because he was dehydrated because it's 9 million degrees...well, 90 degrees...



He had lots of company.  I thought this delicate butterfly (moth?) was very pretty.


And a swallowtail!  I usually don't see many of those, but I'm hoping after all the caterpillars I found this summer there will be a big influx in the next week or so.  I need to look up their hatch schedule.


Better than tv!

14 comments:

Michelle said...

So beautiful!

JaneJMtl said...

Just lovely. I hope there will be many more.

I need orange said...

Hooray! Thank you for sharing them with us (and for taking good care of the monarch)!

Sheepmom said...

What pretty pictures! Love that swallowtail coming in with his "straw" at the ready! :-) That's a cool shot. Glad the monarch hatched and got underway OK.

Glenda said...

Every morning I look so forward to getting on my laptop to see what adventure lies ahead from That Crazy Sheep Woman. You never fail to start my day in the most fascinating ways. Thanks a kajillion.

Marilyn F. said...

Awe . . .such beautiful pictures. Who doesn't love butterflies and flowers. Definitely better than TV. Thanks for sharing.

Karen at longwell said...

The BEST way to start my day! At Punkin's Patch at Equinox Farm! Thank you!!!

sophy0075 said...

How splendid. You are rescuing the species and making the world more beautiful.

And providing us with these joyful photos.

Terry and Linda said...

Much better than TV!!! I was just wondering, last evening (while I did the dishes) how your caterpillars were doing. I also thought to myself, you are the kindest, most gentle person I know.

LannieK said...

The best!

Anonymous said...

Mother Nature and YOU are just extraordinary. thank you for these.

Bekah said...

How lovely to have caught the hatching...such an amazing experience to watch (and how responsible to do your housework first ;) )! I hope you get to see many more butterflies this season!

karen said...

beautiful photos!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful! I am not seeing many butterflies here:(

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