For years I have wanted to get a sequence of photographs showing a butterfly hatching out of its chrysalis. There were many attempts, all frustrated by something: a lack of caterpillars to raise, parasites killing the pupae, having to go clean up a mess for my Dad while the butterfly hatched out in the meanwhile. This time didn't look promising: of the 3 caterpillars I was shepherding, one hatched out before I woke up, a second decided to hatch out while I was off filling bird-feeders...and the third...well the third time was the charm.
This is the third in a sequence of shots I uploaded over on my other page(Keithsannoyingphotos). This is a Variegated Fritillary Butterfly. Maybe 3 inches across on its wingspan. The caterpillars live on violets and pansies. As I type this, the new hatched adult is sitting outside on a geranium while its wings fill out and dry.