Until… I noticed this:
|Nature in all its SPLENDOR!|
|Notice how you can hardly tell the cocoon from the dead leaves!|
It must have just emerged from its cocoon, because it just stayed there, opening and closing its wings. I remembered when Michael had been a bug fanatic enthusiast for all those years; we learned that this was how newly “born” butterflies pumped blood into their wings.
I stood there and watched for a couple of minutes, groceries melting in my arms. The other day, we had spotted a similar cocoon on a nearby purple fountain grass. It was much easier to spot! Within a few days, a similar butterfly was emerging from that cocoon too. But this time, my phone was handy and I took the pictures!
And today, I saw a beautiful butterfly just like this in the backyard at our Butterfly Bush. Could be this guy – or one of his fellow Passion Vine Munchers. It was so beautiful!
I haven’t really had time to go back to look for more cocoons, but I think I’ll just let the dead Passion Vine sit out there a little longer. It would be worth it to have a yard full of these beauties!