Thursday, July 19, 2012

Full Circle

Caterpillar

"Come see the caterpillars on the dill plants in the garden!"  Jeffrey called up to us this evening.

Jar

We immediately knew what they were, without having to look them up in a reference book, because when we poked their heads (gently) the caterpillars put out fierce little orange horns!  Remember our joyful butterfly hatching in early May?  The swallowtails are back again.  Only this time the chrysalis won't need to overwinter.  It is still mid-summer, and we'll hopefully be able to watch them turn into butterflies in just a couple of weeks.

Bugs

Amie Look!

And so we've come full circle.  

Perhaps the butterfly we watched unfold its tender wings 10 weeks ago laid the eggs that these babies hatched out of?  According to this site, it is estimated that only 1 out of every 100 eggs will make it to a butterfly.  Maybe we can shift the odds and help a few more renter the world on wings?  

These simple cycles are happening all around us, all the time.  Yet, to put our finger on them; to hold them close for a minute; to watch them—for a brief space—it fills us with wonder.  A sense that we are a part of this too.  Even just as observers.  Watching tiny miracles.

Swallowtail Caterpillar

Post a Comment