A Star is Born
The one remaining black swallowtail butterfly emerged from his cocoon this morning. (I wonder where the other two crawled off to just before they pupated.) As I understand it the process takes a couple of hours. I first noticed it at 11:35 am and he was fully outside the cocoon. I was able to photograph it stretching and moving around the parsley plant until it finally flew to the post of the deck railing for a minute then off into the great blue yonder. In the bottom photo you can see the remains of the cocoon.
The world got a little more beautiful today and I got to watch the process, almost from the beginning. Very cool!
Here he is!
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