I’m happy to report that our red-spotted butterfly caterpillar is alive and well. When I couldn’t find it, I thought it had escaped the greenhouse or worse, died. But instead, it had moved to a neighboring plant.
Then, it started acting in a very peculiar way, like curling itself into the most painful-looking position. I was sure it was in distress. I thought maybe it was too warm in the greenhouse, so I opened the rooftop vent. Then it stopped eating and soon seemed to droop itself upside down. Once again, I feared the worst. But a couple of days later, the seemingly lifeless and limp caterpillar had turned into a completely different creature altogether.
It has now transformed itself into a chrysalis! I have to say it gives me the creeps looking at it. It literally makes my skin crawl. It’s the ugliest chrysalis! Why can’t it look like the pretty monarch butterfly chrysalis, with its golden crown, looking like a beautiful jewel?
Oh well, you can’t have everything you want. Yes, it’s ugly, but it’s MY ugly chrysalis. Which will soon turn into a beautiful butterfly, fingers crossed.
I do have a hard decision to make once that happens. Do I let it go out to live its remainder 7 to 14 days of life in the wild, where most likely it won’t find a mate (too early and cold in the season) before dying or should I keep it in the warm greenhouse and feed it with cut-up fruits? Decisions, decisions…
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