secret escape hatch
Have you ever snuck out a back door?
The Monarch’s chrysalis gets clear before it emerges. It was clear before I went to the grocery store.
Its head is at the bottom of the chrysalis between the two gold dots.
The perforated parts of the chrysalis pop open like a secret escape hatch and the butterfly crawls out and pumps its wings full of blood.
….after the grocery store
The Monarch hanging out on the front entry altar of Things That Belong Outdoors But Are Too Cool Not To Have Indoors. The feathers are sticking out of a bee hive. The peas didn’t last long…
The excreted blood… After the blood part I move the butterfly outdoors where it hangs out for a few hours before taking clumsy flight.
The Monarch in the garden.
Still resting a few hours later…..
A juvenile Eastern Bluebird trying to stay cool by keeping its mouth open.
The adult Eastern Bluebirds have a newly laid clutch of five eggs.
This caterpillar is ready to transform, but spent 24 hours escaping. I found it on the curtains….and on the desk…..and on the stairs. It finally settled and sewed its hind legs to the grape vine above the jar.
Cool moth in the sedum.