Well, it happened on Saturday... those adorable, stinky little caterpillars finally decided they were ready to break free and fly away. Jack and I took our pot of parsley outside and gingerly opened the netting...
Isn't he beautiful? I coaxed him onto my finger without touching his wings and he hopped happily to Jack's finger from there. We spent a few minutes admiring his beauty and marveling at the incredible transformation that took place in just a couple of weeks.
They must have eclosed quite a while before we realized they were out because they had already aired out their wings and had gotten circulation going to them... He only tested his wings a few times while we were holding him.
He fluttered his wings ever so slightly as if to test the wind... he delighted Jack with the display of his gorgeous colors...
... and Jack could hardly believe this had been the 'pillars we had so dutifully been guarding in the entryway of our house.
Jack kept giggling about how the legs were tickle-y and that he was so pretty.
But this little guy was ready to go out and explore the world in flight. Without warning, he took off, surprising both Jack and I with the suddenness of the departure. He danced around us for just a second before disappearing into the afternoon sun.
Jack watched him go, in disbelief. He didn't understand why Fluffly had to go away. He didn't understand why we couldn't keep him. So he watched with sadness as the second butterfly followed his companion.
To be honest, hot tears stung my eyes as well.
But it was beautiful to have been a part of something like this.