This garden scene of a Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, emerging from its transformational home is incomplete. I’m sure at some point, I observed and snapped a photo of the chrysalis, all on its own, but I didn’t witness the initial breakthrough into the world by the new adult, wings not quite ready, as it climbed out of its crib. Before that? There was a many-legged caterpillar, inching its way, up and down and all around, the vine that fed the insect in its infancy.
It’s obviously making progress, but stretching is a necessity.
Free from sequestering, the new butterfly rests.
It moves, just a little, finding a comfortable spot, taking a breather.
Wings not entirely unfurled, the butterfly relies on legs, much like it once did, in youth.
As wings dry, curls relax.
I didn’t see this butterfly’s final stage of emergence–wings dried and spread–nor its first flight from the nursery. Even so, this one is ready to fly, ready to pollinate, ready for the next phase of life. It looks determined.
An incomplete story, but complete enough.
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