The Guest Who Came To Breakfast
I came out to make coffee in the kitchen this morning and found an unexpected guest resting on the kitchen sink. I can’t really say ‘unexpected’ since I expected him to show up sometime in the near future but not this morning. He has been lounging in his chrysalis next to our kitchen sink for the last couple of months, a totally different outfit. This morning he came out fully dressed in bright yellow and just sat there staring at me. I have no idea how long he had been there, in his new outfit. Here he is…
I found him a couple of months ago when I picked some Swiss chard from our cold frame. I didn’t want to put him in with the stuff to be composted because I know that he’ll transform to a butterfly one day. I set the Swiss chard stalk by the sink where it dried out and shrunk. Every time I had to do something at the sink, I checked on him.
I didn’t expect him to come out this morning but it’s a great thing to wake up to. Really made our morning. I have no idea whether he is a Sulfur or a Cabbage butterfly. It didn’t matter what he is, I offered him breakfast anyway. I dropped some sugar syrup that I made for our honeybees for him and left him alone. I came back a few minutes later and found he had moved to it.
And, his old cloth that he discarded
I went out to the garden for a while to do some pruning and to feed our honeybees and when I came back in, he was nowhere to be found . He didn’t show up for dinner either.
5 thoughts on “Yellow Winter Butterfly”
Did he find his way outside or would it be too cold for him now?
It’s much too cold for him to be outside and there is nothing blooming aside from snowdrops. I know he’s still in the house but I couldn’t find him.
He dressed beautifully for breakfast. I hope he makes it after your hospitality.
He’s still alive. We just found him today and fed him again. Surprisingly enough that he lasted for three days without food.
Wonderful! I hope your tender care sees him through.