Our days here at the farm start early. In the darkness on Wednesday morning, Matt noticed that the chrysalis for both of our Monarch caterpillars had turned black. In actual fact, they had turned clear. However, they look black because the black wings of the butterfly inside are showing through.
We figured that later that day, we’d be proud parents.
I took Baxter for our morning walk and Matt left for work.
About 45 minutes later I was back in the kitchen making my breakfast. I turned around, and there was a butterfly in the bowl on the island.
Holy moly, EdWING actually had wings!
I was officially late for work.
Eventually though, I had to leave. That mean EdWING had to go outside. I’ve been referencing Karen’s “how to raise a Monarch butterfly” series a lot as we progressed with our caterpillars. A quick check of her site said that Ed would hang around and rest for about 2-3 hours and then he’d be ready to fly. Well, that would be when Matt and I were very much still at work. I couldn’t rely on Baxter to send his new brother out into the world, so Ed had to finish his resting outside on his own.
I found the most sheltered area I could and hid Ed under some leaves so that he hopefully didn’t turn into breakfast for a hungry bird.
Last I saw of him he was gently opening and closing his wings. So, so beautiful.
Kevin no-longer-a-CATERPillar hatched a little while later. Matt came home to a restless butterfly in a bowl.
He took him outside, and Kevin flew away.
Two Monarch butterflies. Out into the world. So, so amazing. We’ve made lots of memories since moving to the farm, and this is definitely another special one.