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Butterflies Are Free

Many years ago, I saw a movie titled Butterflies Are Free starring Edward Albert and Goldie Hawn. I’ve never forgotten that title or the song in the movie.
“Open up my spirits wide and let them go
I will take tomorrow’s wings and fly
Nothing’s gonna keep me off that glory road
And when that wild wind blows I’m gonna ride…”

Each time I now see the formation of a beautiful butterfly ~ that song just comes to mind. I’ve grown patient. Yes, I will wait, observe each day, but patiently wait.

Right outside my back door, in permaculture zone 1, on my Dillweed …

Very young caterpillar I spotted at night (while out to cut some chives).

It enjoyed munching on my Dillweed and I enjoyed watching it grow.

A few days later.

Oh what Beauty!

Then, when it felt just right, with Mother Nature’s guidance (no parent needed), it just built its own privacy cocoon.

Look at the 2 support/suspension strands.

How did it know that 2 suspension strands were needed? At what angle was its hibernation abode supposed to be? Did it have a design blueprint for its temporary apartment? Continue reading


A cotton ball… of sort

Florida – the land of insects! With the warm weather approaching it will be like the Charge of Bug Brigade. So to kill or not to kill, that is the question (for me).

Coccoon! as in the novel.

Coccoon! as in the novel.

Today a new sign appeared. It looked like a cotton ball or a thick ball of soap foam stuck on the underside of a papaya leaf. It’s the first time I’ve seen a thing like that.

I decided to practice some self-control and do some checking before any drastic action.  Patience did pay in this instance ~ it turned out to be a cocoon of a good bug. *whew, relief*

This is the cocoon of the Braconid WaspYes, it will help me to get rid of some of the caterpillars that are devouring the leaves of my tomatoes, sweet-potatoes, beans, u-name-it.

My soon-to-be-born pest controllers are within.

My soon-to-be-born pest controllers are within.

Another notch in my learning curve of insects… so now to observe and note what will emerge from this white cotton looking puff.