friday evening i received a phone call from a friend. she said 'their turning' you might want to come tomorrow.
she was referring to the caterpillar and butterfly population that had decided to call her home their home too. i'd been waiting for this!
this is milkweed, or butterfly bush, they live on this plant and must have it to survive
when the new butterfly emerges all crinkled and wrinkled and wet, it needs to dry off and warm up before it can use it's wings and fly. this one stayed like this for close to two hours
six new butterflies are born
my friends left for the day so i was butterfly watching alone, they left cold drinks, a chair, and a cushion (for close up watching while on knees!) thank you!
it was foggy and cool, and that made the butterflies take longer to warm up, did you know that monarch butterflies cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 86 degrees?
and i sent text messages to all my kids, look i said, a brand new butterfly! i got this response ' mom, your such a hippie'. and then....it happened, while i was busy doing all the above things, i missed the actual liftoff...
rene, is in the air. well my goodness. i felt so proud of him.
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if you have a moment, this short slide show is of one of the butterflies emerging from it's chrysalis, it's a miracle to watch every time. (be sure to turn down your volume if you prefer no music).
happy birthday also to three lovely bloggy friends, laurel, karen and mim, whose birthdays are this (and next) week! and chuck and i both want to thank you very much for the kind comments on my last post.