Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Bouncing Baby Butterfly !!!

The timing was total luck but I had a hunch it was going to be soon.
Yes ... our bouncing baby butterfly cracked out of it's chrysalis and took it's time spreading it's wings and flying the proverbial "nest"  .... in my dill plant.

The morning moon was still out
 It was a pretty start to the day and having read about to be more vigilant when seeing the chrysalis turn darker in colour ... I put my dill plant up on the patio table so I could keep an eye on "Butty", hey ... that name was not my idea .. blame husband for that one !

See the chrysalis and the markings you can make out ?
I was reminded by a friend (Jen of Muddy Boots) that I forgot to identify the butterfly.
It is a Black Swallowtail
And now the show

Butty was born about 7:30 AM .... and flew away from home about 9:10
Husband and I took the time to watch the amazing story "unfold" in front of our eyes and it was worth every second of it.
I hope you too can see something this special too.


RURAL said...

That's simply amazing Joy. It's beautiful, and miraculous, and stunning all in one almost transparent tiny gossamer wing span.

Because to us, all Butty flies are Monarchs...[family joke, my sister the expert kind] I have to ask what type of flybutter is it?


Buttons Thoughts said...

Thank you Joy that I have to say was the most beautiful part of my day. Thank you for sharing this incredibly beautiful moment.

I did spend a couple of hours with my Mom just as beautiful:) HUG B

Country Gal said...

Oh what a wonderful thing to experience up close and personal usually ya only see this kind of thing on the nature shows ! How wonderful and soo pretty ! Butty ? well ok lol ! Wonderful photos and congrats ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hey there Jen girl .. we were still totally amazed even though we saw it two years ago with our first "butterfly kid" .. it still knocks our socks off how this small beautiful creature comes out of that tiny shell from a totally different creature that went in.
I interjected the type when I saw your comment (Black Swallowtail):)

Hello there Grace !
I'm so glad you got some time with your mom too ! .. You are most welcome .. again it was pure luck to catch it at the right time. I am very grateful for that !!

Hey there Elaine girl : )
Thank you!
We have been lucky to see this process twice (my fridge experiment ..which still amazes me was the first).. it is so special to see this up close and in real time .. nature is truly astonishing at times : )

Tante Mali said...

Oh, lucky you (and we) you had the chance to take pictures of a metamorphose!!! Wonderful and thank you for sharing. It's so stunning!!!
All my best from Austria and a happy happy time

Unknown said...

Wow! What an amazing thing to witness and what amazing photos you took of it ! Beautiful butterfly too!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Tante Mali and thank you for stopping by!
Yes we were so happy to be able to watch this happen .. it is a tiny miracle in nature.

Thank you Jane .. I was just so lucky to catch it happening .. we could have walked away to do our normal morning routine and missed it totally.

Carrie said...

Wow. Worth the wait!! I've never seen on like that, congratulations! xx

Jennifer said...

Butty is very handsome indeed! Just the other day I walked outside to find a yellow swallowtail on my Phlox. I find the yellow swallowtails to be quite camera shy. Wasting not a moment, I ran to get the camera and actually got some so-so shots.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Carrie girl I know you have a "thing" about butterflies so I appreciate your appreciation of my baby ! LOL

Jennifer girl hello there .. they are all so camera shy it is so hard to get photographs of them unless you carry a camera constantly with you ! Hope you post them on your blog ? I can never see too many butterflies!

Barbarapc said...

Spectacular - never seen s.t.butterfly emerge - how brilliant. Thanks for sharing the photos.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Barb it is amazing to watch .. we saw it two years ago when I over wintered a chrysalis in the fridge believe it or not .. it is awesome!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful Joy!! Watching a miracle like that unfold is really uplifting. So glad your caterpillar successfully turned into a beautiful butterfly. I see black Swallowtails rarely here but getting one to lay eggs, etc., would be amazing!! He picked a really great garden to transform in!!!!!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Kathleen girl thank you : )
We were thrilled to see it all happen from caterpillar to chrysalis it was amazing for us .. we so appreciate nature in any form and this was a perfect part of the year's garden episodes : )

Sue Link said...

Hi Joy,
Wow! Amazing photos! How lucky you were to witness this exciting event. Also, is there a place to sign up to receive your blog posts in my email? I couldn't find it on your page. Thanks.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hi again Susan .. the first time I did this was late summer and I put the chrysalis in the fridge for the whole winter .. I could not believe that it all worked out and we had a baby butterfly the following Spring so YES ! nature is absolutely amazing !!
I have to get that gadget for e-mail posts .. working on it ! Thanks !