A couple weeks ago the children found a Monarch caterpillar.  We have an abundance of milkweed around here and plenty of caterpillars, but this was the first this season.  We’ve enjoyed many summers observing these fascinating creations in the midst of their amazing transformations and have even taken a few with us during an unexpected vacation…

Unfortunately, Gareth was unable to find a suitable habitat for this little guy.  He gingerly placed him in a

One of last year's beauties...
One of last year's beauties...

shoebox, and spent quite awhile trying to find a jar that would provide optimum viewing.  Jar in hand, he returned to find an empty shoebox.  We searched the dining room and concluded that our kitten, Gracie, had decided that the caterpillar would make an excellent playmate and/or snack.

Imagine our surprise today, when we discovered a lovely Monarch butterfly stretching its wings on mom’s favorite Delft teapot.  Charlotte picked up our beautiful visitor and transported him to the zinnia patch.  Gawain raced inside to get the camera to preserve the moment, but quick as a flash the butterfly flitted off…though I’m quite sure he’ll return to visit our many blooming flowers…

Gareth found the empty cocoon.  On the handle of my teapot!  I never saw it…which reveals a nasty little secret…

I rarely…ever…dust!

Blessings,