This is Spot. I hatched him out from a chrysalis that I found. It was exciting!
I found the chrysalis ten days ago and I brought it into the lab. I knew it was a swallowtail chrysalis because it had two thin threads attaching it to the stem. But I didn’t know what species it would be. I thought for sure it would never hatch!
But, sure enough…
This morning he crawled out onto my finger!
I took him outside
One of the undergrads working in my lab and I named him Spot.
His empty chrysalis
close up…look at that proboscis!
He cleaned his antennae, warmed up in the sun…and…
Go, Spot, Go!
Learning how to fly
And he was off! I know I didn’t really do anything, but I feel like I made something beautiful! *Sniff* they grow up so fast!!