I have nice neighbors who take care of my dog and cats (and often, parts of the gardens) when I travel. I feel fortunate in with this arrangement. They help me, I help them–that’s what community is about, right? When I traveled from home over the Thanksgiving weekend, I mentioned to my neighbors that at least one of the butterflies I’ve been nannying was likely to emerge. This concerned Kind Neighbors; I think they visualized opening the Butterfly Room (formerly Son’s Room) and clouds of the winged lovelies would flit about the house. I assured Kind Neighbors that at most, only one would emerge and it wouldn’t do much, if any, flying until I arrived home. And sure enough, a newly emerged Queen butterfly awaited my return.
Initially I found her near to the floor, away from where she’d morphed on the little Buddha statue. An easy and safe (for the butterfly) way to pick up any newly emerged adult butterfly is to wet your finger, then gently place it in front of the insect’s legs–he or she will usually climb right aboard. My husband picked her up and she proceeded to flit about on his shirt,
We escorted her to the back garden and placed her on a blooming Tropical Sage,
Toward sundown I noticed she’d migrated to a nearby patch of Gregg’s Mistflower,
…and that was the last I saw of her.
Good nectaring, flying, and breeding, Buddha-fly!