I spent most of the night on my knees
….watching and photographing several monarch’s split their skin.
I set up shop in the front hallway to capture some of the action (luxuriously leaving my crap strewn about, blocking the way to the bathroom and stairs, since my kids were gone for the night.) I didn’t realize our cable and phone were out for the glorious 24 hours I was kid-less.
Finally one of the monarchs chose to hang from the grape vine.
I put the grape vine guy in my terrarium until it hatches. Summer terrarium bling- now there’s bling that excites me.
This caterpillar jumped around to a pot of violets and then started to hang upside down from a milkweed leaf at the last minute. Normally the caterpillars choose a spot that allows them to hang freely with enough room to make a large circle while they gyrate their skin off their bodies. The leaf is barely strong enough to hold the hanging caterpillar without collapsing AND it chose a spot where it couldn’t hang freely and was wedged against the side of the leaf.
I finally took pity on the creature and used a hair pin to support it in a hanging position so it could dance its skin off.
During my caterpillar watch it rained for a few minutes….
I fed the Rose-breasted Grosbeak with a jacked up beak….
Brushed my foot against a raccoon while writing on the back deck…. (so soft and scary)
and watched some bees do their thing….
…and a fly do its thing