i have always been fascinated with the molting process.
or in this case, metamorphosis.
the gulf fritillaries (or passion butterfly) went wild here this summer.
(the passionflower in my garden was a great host!)
every where i look, there's a chrysalis - on the rockwall,
the bird bath, the flower pots, the adirondack chairs,
the window overhang,,,
right before my eyes - they're hanging everywhere.
one day a little guy didn't quite make it -
he was a handicapped butterfly.
his wings were folded stuck and he couldn't fly
off like the other fritillaries. yes, i felt sorry for it,
but that's nature for you. i saw the most interesting
thing though. another butterfly came and mated with it....
i really have no moral or big punch line to this story.
it's more like an observation and just a thought
to not take anything for granted.
i found the short video that i took of the handicapped butterfly....