I have some serious catching up to do here. I took these pics over two weeks ago out at Piers Gorge. I have more flower pics from that outing, but I want to devote this post entirely to Vervain, because it is my favorite wildflower. It seems to like moist areas, because I find it in ditches and near rivers. The blossoms are actually a much deeper, richer shade of purple than what shows here. I can’t seem to capture their true color, no matter how I set the camera.
This morning I was treated to the opportunity to watch another butterfly emerge from it’s chrysalis. I had the butterfly house sitting on the kitchen counter with the top off, and just kept an eye on it and had the camera ready. As I was standing there I noticed the butterfly starting to come out, so I started taking pictures. I took several pics of it coming out, then I took one picture every minute until the wings were full size. The whole process took from 11:54 to 12:09. I also took a few pics of it before I released it.
This is the chrysalis about 1/2 hour before the butterfly came out.
This is the butterfly that I featured in the previous post. It came out of its chrysalis at 7:34 am, and I took it outside at around 1:30 pm. I put it in the daylilies, where it sat for awhile, then flew away. I took a walk last night and found 3 more caterpillars, who are now happily munching away on milkweed in the butterfly house.
I figured since I was right there, I might as well get some shots of the rain on the daylilies.