When I got home from work this evening, I went to check on my caterpillars, (now all chrysalides) and was thrilled by orange flapping in the corner of the mesh enclosure.
The first Monarch butterfly had hatched and was eager to be released!!
I carefully wrapped my hands around it and carried it outside to the patio, with my husband opening doors along the way.
Once on the patio I opened my hands ago let it go. The butterfly sat there for a moment, opening its wings slowly to show me that it was a beautiful boy, and then he flew up, up, up and away. Gone without a second glance!
I do wish I had got a photo of him sitting in my hand, but he didn't hang around long enough!
I've got five more chrysalides in the enclosure, so perhaps I'll have better luck getting a photo of one of them in my hand.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.