You've heard me speak of Ed Perry - Park Ranger at McLarty Treasure Museum in Sebastian, leader of the Sea-Bean Symposium, maker of sea grape jelly, and all-around good guy. Ed has a butterfly garden at his home, and he recently sent us this cool video that he made of a Monarch butterfly emerging. His notes include the following: This is a Monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. I found the chrysalis in my garden - it had fallen after a storm, so I pinned it back up and was able to follow it through development. It emerged in the morning at about 8 a.m., and I was able to capture this miracle on video.
I showed the video to Jim and asked him if there was any significance to the twirling back and forth at the end - he said it was probably because Ed had pinned the chrysalis back up, and that under normal circumstances, the chrysalis would have been stable and there would not have been the twirling. In any event, the butterfly coped beautifully!
As always, our thanks for talented friends like Ed that are willing to share their adventures (and their sea grape jelly).
Ed always closes his emails with some quotations - this one seems particularly appropriate :
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."Albert Einstein