Monday, July 11, 2011

They're here!

Last year, we were just about to leave on vacation
when caterpillars were spotted
on the parsley patch out front.
I thought for sure we'd miss the metamorphosis.
We did.

These native milkweed plants were
purchased specifically to host caterpillars.
I wrote about it here.


What a welcome sight in the garden this was.




They're here early enough,
that we may get to see the change take place!





Defying the laws of gravity
while hiding from predators!



Just hangin' around!





Gettin' plumper everyday!



Is there anything more magical
than the transformation these
superb critters go through?
It serves as an example
that change can be a dramatic and glorious thing!



Peek-a-boo!


These alliums have been very busy lately!


I feel blessed to be even a small part
of these wonders of Nature.




 









I believe this is a soldier butterfly.
Any experts out there?
Please let me know if I've got that right.



Here's how to tell four similar butterflies apart.
Great photos!