The Butterfly Emerges!!!

I woke up this morning to cries of “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!” as two of my daughters bounded up the stairs. I wondered what had happened to generate this much excitement so early in the day. I won’t tell you what time it actually was, but it was early for me since I just woke up! It sounded like something good, so I didn’t panic. As they rushed into my room, they shouted, “Your butterfly came out of the chrysalis!” I ran down the stairs after them and frantically looked for my camera. “Where’s my camera?” Katie already had it. She got the whole thing. She is so quick on the draw.

So here are pictures that Katie snapped of the chrysalis right before the butterfly emerged and then the butterfly as he struggled to escape from his tiny house. This is Day 12 since he made his chrysalis.

This is how the chrysalis looked last night. It was getting darker.

This was how it looked this morning.
He came most of the way out of the chrysalis. One wing is still stuck inside. Look how transparent the chrysalis is!
The abdomen looks really fat.
The wing is folded up.
He's resting now. He has stayed like this for about 2 hours.

It's hard to believe that my long, striped caterpillar now looks like this!

Butterfly Laboring on Labor Day from Penney Douglas on Vimeo.

Butterfly Continues To Struggle to Escape His Chrysalis from Penney Douglas on Vimeo.

One Comment

  1. This is SO cool! I just jumped online for a quick break, but this is so what I’m feeling like today….can’t wait till I stop struggling and can take flight!!! This is such a great analogy….not really feeling like this is so good for me right now, though. :/….but thanks for the reminder about taking time to ‘rest’. Thanks for sharing, Penney. Once again your timing (or God’s timing!) is perfect!!!!! 😀

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