Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Caterpillars, Pupas, Butterflies Everywhere



We are still waiting for butterfly number two.  Should be any day!  And number three is not too far behind!

And tomorrow morning when I wake up we will have two more chrysalides.  So keeping my fingers crossed that this year we will be able to release 5 Monarch butterflies!  And we are already planning for next year!




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Looking At The Small Stuff

The dew looked like diamonds in the grass.

An elf umbrella.

And then there is this little momma with an egg sack I am guessing.  Anyone know what kind of spider this is?  I'm guessing a wolf spider.

Friday, September 14, 2018

She's A Beauty

Our first butterfly release!
I did a little more research.  Mark asked if it was a male or a
female butterfly.  Female!  You want to know how I know.



We named her Freda.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

We Have Given Birth

Craziness!  I bet I have checked this cacoon 9 million times.  I've read what to look for.  I know the stages. I knew we were getting close.  And this happened literally in front of me this afternoon while I was feeding a baby.  I checked to see if we had a clear cacoon.  Nope, it was black as night.
Next thing I know there are antennae out!

So I am trying to get to my phone and the camera all at the same time while feeding a baby a bottle.

Finally, which seemed like years, I handed off Levi to Mark and began shooting with both hands.  I was afraid I would miss something.  Didn't want to take time to adjust for lightening and such.  Just wanted to capture the moment.





The wings are wet and still folded.




I couldn't wait.


Just hanging waiting for his wings to completely dry.


Butterfly #1 ready for release tomorrow afternoon.

Cacoon #2 getting ready.  I hope he waits until I get up in the morning.  Tonight it looks so close.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

And Here We Go

Came home from church to see this big change.  I can see a butterfly!