Butterflies have been abundant this year, most attracted to the wildly happy and growing butterfly bush we put in near our screen porch. Those bushes vibrate from morning ’til dusk with colorful motion, butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds exploring the deep purple blooms.

The other morning I found an absolutely breathtaking chrysalis in a very vulnerable spot right next to the back door, hanging below the window sill. It was an earthy brown with striking metallic gold accents that glittered in the sun. I was taken with that, I’d never really looked at a chrysalis before and that metallic gold was amazing.

Did some surfing as usual to see if Google might know what type of butterfly it was, Google Lens is getting better but it still didn’t come up with a definitive answer. Best guess after reviewing it’s thoughts plus surfing a few butterfly website was that it was a Painted Lady which are pretty common around here.

I didn’t know how long it had been there honestly. It takes about ten days for a butterfly to emerge. Just watched and made sure it wasn’t disturbed. About four days later I found a brand new Painted Lady drying in the warm morning air. I had to look it up, but the red splash below the chrysalis is a liquid called meconium, a waste product left over after metamorphosis.  

I left it for an hour, thinking I could photograph it when it was more dry… but it was already gone. 

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