On August 5th, we found this big guy on some milkweed, brought him home and continued to feed him fresh milkweed.
On August 8th, he formed this chrysalis or cocoon. Amanda kept calling it a racoon.
This morning, I notice the chrysalis had become translucent and knew the butterfly would be emerging soon.
When we got up after naps, this was what we found. The butterfly had emerged and was hanging from the empty shell.
I helped him out of the jar and onto a spot on the deck where he continued to hang until he disappeared.
It was the perfect day to witness such a miracle of nature and such beauty. The magic of a butterfly's transformation never gets old.