After keeping watch on the 3 chrysalises yesterday for over 6 hours, I left to run a quick errand. When I returned he was already out of the chrysalis and working his wings. He eventually flew to the butterfly bush but chose a dead blossom to perch on (not realizing the flower-thing yet ;-). At dusk one of the other chrysalises was getting close - I'll check it shortly since the sun is now up. The 3rd chrysalis should open today.
UPDATE: 8:50 am 6-21-12 - the second swallowtail just emerged ... its
wings are still folded up!
UPDATE: 10:40 am - it's gone! It didn't stick around as long as the first one. The 3rd chrysalis isn't close but should open today.
UPDATE: 7:50 pm - when I got home from an appt. late this afternoon, my neighbor Julie was keeping a watch on the last chrysalis! We both continued to babysit because it was very dark and we could see the gold spots. It's now about an hour till sunset and it hasn't emerged! Stay tuned ...
UPDATE 7:00 am on 6-22 - the 3rd chrysalis never opened yesterday and somehow they know not to open during the night ... it's still there this morning and should open after sun-up
Winner, Friendly challenges, Black in nature, 6-12