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Jul. 18th, 2017 01:17 pm
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I MADE A BUTTERFLY.



Four, to be exact; I planted dill this year, and one by one captured and interned five caterpillars that research determined were black swallowtails:



They eat plants in the family that includes dill and, fortunately, common-midwestern-weed Queen Anne's Lace, so I was able to keep them happy without having to sacrifice all of my dill. As it turns out, they get a little restless right before Caterpillar Puberty; I came home one night to find one making a break for it into the living room and only three still in the vase of QAL, and a day or so later two more were gone and turned up some six feet away trying to abseil to freedom down my stack of blocking mats, so I built them a caterpillar Supermax facility:



And the four remaining subjects spun themselves linesmen's harnesses and pupated:



(One of these days I'm going to find a dead caterpillar or butterfly in a corner of the studio, unless it went the other way into the living room and Ren ate it...)

Naturally I was out of town when all the Butterfly Hatching Action happened :( , but Mum kindly took some beauty shots:





What she did not do whilst I was gone, however, was keep an eye on the cucumber patch:



This, ladies and gentlemen and decline to answer, is the after picture once I'd hacked a pathway to the garden faucet around the edge of the planter...

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