Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Butterfly Emerges!

Sixteen days after the caterpillar attached itself to the stem and turned into a chrysalis, it has emerged as a butterfly.


The time between these two pictures was only five minutes.  I wish the camera had caught the butterfly in the process of coming out out of the chrysalis.  The camera was taking one picture every five minutes.






In less than 45 minutes the butterfly emerged from the chrysalis, stretched its wings and flew away.



Below is a video of the chrysalis over a one day period.  The interesting part is that the chrysalis moves during the day, flexing back and forth.  This video was made from all of the pictures taken in ten minute increments in one day.

video

2 comments:

  1. Very, very exciting. Yes, it's too bad there wasn't a picture of him half way out, but what you got is wonderful!

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  2. Very, very exciting. Yes, it's too bad there wasn't a picture of him half way out, but what you got is wonderful!

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