I went to check on the chrysalises in our backyard and witnessed a butterfly freshly emerged from her chrysalis stretching and drying her wings. I was thisclose to snapping a picture of her when she took to the skies, so unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of her. However, I did get a picture of her empty chrysalis and it is very beautiful.
My family used to have a raging passion flower taking over the fence in our backyard. It was gorgeous, but was destroying our fence, so it had to go. Before my family pulled it out, we found a spiny little caterpillar in the brush and after some research I found it was a Gulf fritillary. Very beautiful and a great surprise!