I took the photo of these caterpillars on August 5, 2010, exactly 9 months ago to the day. Shortly thereafter, they went into their chrysalis phase:
And stayed there all through the winter. The wind really tore up the castle:
(photo taken March 2, 2011). The cocoons are all still there.
The first butterfly has emerged after almost 9 months. 🙂
I know I have posted about my butterflies before, but it is always a miracle every time I see a butterfly in the castle. I hope one day to see one actually come out of the cocoon, but the process happens so fast, that I have yet to witness it.
There are four cocoons left. I hope they all turn into beautiful butterflies. (Sometimes it doesn't quite work out that way, but I always hope for the best).
Stay tuned for more butterfly miracles!
P.S. I have ordered another butterfly castle.