“I choose life!”

“I choose life!”

 

What was supposed to be an incubation of 9-11 days dragged on to 9 weeks. The Black Swallowtail cocoon I talked about in my “Waiting For A Butterfly” entry finally emerged today.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Every morning since the last week of August, when I open the blinds to the patio, I’d look at the jar and whisper to the creature inside the cocoon, “Are you there?” Every night before I close the blinds, I’d look at the jar and whisper to the creature inside the cocoon, “When will you come out?”

A couple of weeks ago, I started getting nervous because the twig that the cocoon was attached to had become moldy. What if the mold attacks the cocoon? I was almost resigned to one day having to admit that I killed it because I took it away from its habitat.

I was so relieved when I opened the blinds this morning and there she was — the Papilio polyxenes in all its glory. The wait is over.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

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