Sunday Snapshots – Another emergence

Viceroy chrysalis

When Dan and I were out in the field checking our nestboxes I happened across this chrysalis firmly attached to a horsetail stem. It was such an intriguing shape and colour, I snipped it off to bring it back and try to find out who it belonged to, too. I didn’t have long to wait with this one – four days later the owner emerged. I had checked the jar when we got home around lunchtime, and just a couple of hours later, as I was working outside, Dan came out holding the jar to say it was out. The owner, it turned out, was a beautiful Viceroy butterfly. I released it on the first daylily bloom of the year, where it paused for a bit to warm in the sun and pump its wings before taking off.

Viceroy, just emerged from chrysalis

releasing the Viceroy

Viceroy on daylily

empty Viceroy chrysalis

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3 responses to “Sunday Snapshots – Another emergence

  1. Wow! That is a GORgeous creature! How exciting. Nice work. =)

  2. thanks for posting! ang bilis ng results ah..

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