This is an update on the caterpillars I found on pussytoes. This is one of the caterpillars shortly before it made a chrysalis.
The chrysalises were about ¾ inch long. Some were grey and others, like this one, were yellowish-green.
The medium-sized butterflies emerged in about ten days. This American lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) looks very similar to the painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui). However, the painted lady has four small ‘eyes’ on the underside of its hind wings. As seen here, the American lady has two big ‘eyes’.
The top view is so different it would be easy to think it’s a different butterfly.
From tiny egg to beautiful butterfly is an amazing process. I’m reminded of the first verse of Mary Oliver’s poem, “Mysteries, Yes.”
“Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood.”
I totally agree.