Surprise Guest


“Little Wing,” as Damascus second graders call him, hatched at my place on March 11. His chrysalis, near my thumb, had been “home” for six months.

“Little Wing,” is a tiny (male) Black Swallowtail who loves to climb on fingers and children’s sweaters.  In late September, I rescued his caterpillar from a parking lot, and kept his chrysalis in a cool room—which wasn’t cool enough. 
Next week we’ll drive to Virginia, where Charlottesville’s red clover and other nectar plants will be popping up. 

Photo courtesy of Michelle Walsh. 


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