One caterpillar disappeared, but there are at last four chrysalis on my little lime tree. The areas where the leaves were chewed off are already sending out little shoots - isn't nature marvellous?
They look for all the world like a little curled over leaf - so easy to miss unless you have been watching the transformation.
I love the raindrop hanging from this one
This was how they started to form the u - shape and I was wondering - does the head fall back and away from the branch once the chrysalis forms? How does the chrysalis form - does the skin just go hard? Oh no! it is much more exciting than that - this is like dressing for a ball - a butterfly transformation ball, no less! My question was answered one morning (sorry no photos) as I saw this little one wriggling back and forth as the green sheath dropped down over her head. It was quite an energetic episode and I just stood there transfixed for about a minute. Like easing into a very tight evening dress (that is why I think of her as a she!) and at the end a little bit of jelly like substance dropped onto the ground - that must have been to make it easier to slide into. Wow, the timing to have been looking at that exact moment! I was absolutely awed. Speechless. Yes, then her head part lay back - she needed a rest after all that.
I am so blessed to be able to witness this miracle yet again in my garden.