What can I say – I’ve been obsessed with capturing all of the stages of the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. My Passion Flower Vine is right outside my kitchen window. There have been many of the females laying eggs. There have been quite a few caterpillars that I have then enjoyed watching munch the leaves. I was lucky enough to see one attached and morphing into a chrysalis! I’ve read that most of the time they crawl away and you don’t see the chrysalis’.
Well, as I was enjoying a cup of coffee and the cool this morning in my backyard, I was lucky enough to spy a butterfly that had just emerged and was drying by its chrysalis. It had crawled a good 25 feet from the Passion Flower Vine to attach itself to the wire! I saw its first flight and it landed on one of my Rose of Sharon plants and continued to dry. I hope you enjoy the following photos. All were taken in my Butterfly Garden.
It is so amazing to see a monarch visible inside of its chrysalis shortly before it is to emerge! I snapped this photo about an hour before it arrived. I missed the actual event, but this was shortly after it emerged! Its wings are folded and still wet.
Then the next day 2 more arrived! They emerged about the same time as the butterfly did yesterday morning. They know exactly when is the perfect time to emerge.
Here is the 3rd one I discovered drying its wings! What a nice birthday surprise for me! Yes, can you believe this occured on a Saturday and it was also my birthday! In addition, it was about a year ago when I started planting my butterfly garden to host and nurture butterflies in our backyard!
It took about four to five hours for their wings to dry before they flew up into the trees.
Oh the wonder and excitement of viewing a beautiful chrysalis hanging daintily from this green wire in my yard! I’ve been searching my yard since all of the caterpillars had stripped the milkweed plant a couple of days ago and crawled off under the cover of darkness to make their chrysalises.
I was very happy to find a chrysalis for a Gulf Fritillary this morning. I’ll be keeping an eye on it the next few days!