Eric found the cocoon on May 27th.
We had never seen anything like it before. It looked to me like a jade earring with perfect gold flecks. It looked so, so surreal.
A Monarch. Shut. UP!
It took a few weeks for the thing to begin to turn transparent and show us what was inside.
The colors of the monarch butterfly became apparent to us then.
Every day we went out to catch another glimpse of the little miracle hanging from the arm of our patio chair.
On June 13th, the miracle finally happened and the beautiful butterfly slowly emerged.
Lucky for us, he spent hours struggling to get out and dry off and spread his wings. We were privileged to have front row seats (and digital film, of course) to this magical event.
Finally, he lifted off and headed for the flowers to sit and let the sun dry him so he could head off to the next adventure of his short life.
I decided to name him "Andy Garcia," because he was so beautiful. ;-)