Well, following up yesterday’s post with some sad news. The second emerged butterfly’s wing didn’t form properly and it really can’t fly. This one won’t be making the trip to Mexico and probably won’t live out the day. Its chrysalis (the one on the fennel) was so beautiful, too.
These are photos of it yesterday evening on a squash leaf and today on the lawn. I carried it to the Joe Pye weed just now, hoping it could feed, but it promptly helicoptered back to the ground. Sometimes nature just seems mean.