As you know,we have been babysitting three Swallowtail chrysallis,for a week.Yesterday,the first one emerged(you can read about that here).Today,I was determined to photograph the whole sequence,so I was up at 6 AM,in my jammies(bare butt hanging out-bet the neighbors loved that!),coffee and camera in hand,patiently waiting for what I hoped would happen.
The sun was just starting to come up,so the lighting is not too good in the first two pictures.
The photos above and below are the final two chrysallis.
When what to my wondering eyes should emerge ?! A boy AND a girl!!!
(note-the female was more hidden than the male,so there are not many pictures of her.Most of these photos are of the male.)
Note the spent chrysallis below the Swallowtail.
Wings still folded and wet,he crawled to the tip of a pineapple plant.
And hung upside down,to allow the fluid to spread to his wings.
As the sun arose higer in the sky,he started to spread his wings more and more......
Until,fnally,they both flew off.The male first,and then the female.She flew to a nearby palm tree,and rested for a bit,before finally taking off for the last time.
I thought about the newness(is there such a term?) that happens everyday in the garden.
Right before our unseeing eyes.
A squirrel shredding cypress bark for a nest,in anticipation of little ones...........
A new rose,to beautify the garden...............
A new plumeria..................
and a new Heliconia,to brighten the pool area...............