Remember this little critter? Well almost exactly 8 months later, she decided to take her sweet time and reveal her wings. Or should I say wing? She looks a little lopsided. But she is glorious and it is a remarkable feat of nature.
We kept her in a butterfly tent in our protective back porch over the fall and winter and much of spring. Over the last few weeks, I kept checking to see if she was ready - I would have felt terrible if she emerged only to starve. I lifted the leaf she was under and removed half of her cocoon. I was very worried that I killed her but her chrysalis looked shiny and healthy and I felt sure she was still alive.
I finally put her butterfly tent outside with the zipper open so that is she did emerge, she would not be stuck. Yesterday I checked on her and couldn't find her chrysalis. Upon further inspection, I found her at the top of the butterfly tent. I was so happy! Ask Betsy - I squealed with glee.
Today I found her the same position. Worried that she was with us for the long haul, I did a little flick and was able to get her onto the grass. A trip to school to pick up Aidan and she had found her wings.
Yay for mother nature.