YES ........ this tiny jewel of a caterpillar is SO WANTED in my garden ..
I plant so many herbs and perennials plus annuals to draw in beautiful butterflies and yet the past garden year I saw none and had no amazing little guys chomping away to become jewels that flutter and fly.
But on with my story that happened between 2011 and 2012 .....
The next step was to have it in the right type of container to keep in your fridge over the winter.
It happened to be a spaghetti sauce glass bottle .. garlic might have been the stabilization factor ? haha
I moistened paper towel and made a lid of it ... I was leery this was going to work but I had to try.
We did not see the exact instant of time that it broke out of the shell, but number one son saw it trying to make it's way out of the jar.
I worried that the fridge might not have been the right temperature, or a million other influences might have knocked this miracle back.
My old butterfly weed packed itself in last year .. and even though I had so many herbs and other perennials to attract butterflies, I saw none in the garden.
I always wondered if that was the "key" plant ... just this old fashioned orange "weed"
So now I have 4 new "weeds" coming ... one is called Gay Butterflies which combines more colours within the main plant .. I haven't had that one before.
I also have another butterfly bush coming called "Buzz Ivory" to combine with my other two, Nanho Blue and Flutterby Grande Peach Cobbler.
I have learned that the hard way and dug out Black Knight by mistake.
I always wince when I think of that DUH? garden moment.
Hopefully this year I might draw in some beauties again and try this once more to see what an amazing miracle it is to bring a caterpillar to become a butterfly.