Our "late-blooming" chrysalis went into the final stage of opacity this past weekend. All the lines of the potential butterfly could be perceived through the casing. It was at a point when the insect would turn from green to black and emerge within a day or two.
The problem was that it is so cold in Bayfield this time of year that the emerging butterfly would, in all likelyhood, never have a chance to warm enough to feed and fly south. So...
My son and I got in the truck and drove to DeWitt, Iowa (a family home at one time) with the excuse of a whirlwind nostalgia trip to drop our guest in a more welcoming environment.
We left the chrysalis resting with room to emerge on a flowery wayside in misty, above 60 degree weather.
Good luck, little friend. We hope you find others of your kind and travel safely to Mexico...
Latitude: 46.8 Longitude: -90.8
Observed by: Kathleen
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