On Sunday morning we were excited to find that Elmo had emerged. Elmo was the second biggest caterpillar we found when we went out caterpillaring for the first time this year. I opened the top of his screened “house” to set him free. After he climbed out, he basked in the sun for quite a while. Here are a couple of photos of his beautiful wings.
Sadly, he didn’t fly away before a neighbour’s cat came to visit our back patio and spotted him. My son saw what was happening. I ran out, chased away the cat, but Elmo’s left wing was seriously damaged. I brought him into the house and put him temporarily in with Jane the caterpillar. Then, I put a sponge soaked with hummingbird nectar and a slice of orange on a lid into the habitat. On Monday, I made a special house for him to live out his life safely and hopefully comfortably. I was able to catch a photo of him eating. You can see his left wing quite clearly in the photo, as well.
While I was researching about caring for an injured butterfly, I found a wonderful website called Butterfly School. There are a lot of great projects and information available on the site. We’ll definitely be spending some more time there.