The first part of this story can be found at this link.
Caring for the caterpillar for a few days made us realize it needs to return to the wild, back to our porch Petunia plant. Although its netted habitat was supplied with fresh leaves, variety of flowers, and water on a piece of soaked paper towel, Green Guy’s activity level was low. A hypothesis is the chrysalis stage was about to occur, but maybe it needed to be in its natural habitat.
Kids were convinced that it would die from our constant interruptions to its habitat, not to mention me observing it like a hawk and taking too many pictures/ recordings. (Guilty I know) However, it was a brief and amazing observation experience: right before our eyes, we could see how it eats, breathes, responds to new food, poops, and admire its green jelly legs.
It would’ve been a memorable experience to witness Green Guy metamorphose into a butterfly but it was too risky. Better to let it go before it we disrupt its natural cycle.
Hours later I checked to see if Green Guy stuck around and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Green Guy had traveled from one side of the soil layer to the other. That top part of the plant above him was bare from deadheading and I could imagine a bird swoop in for a tiny snack: covered it up with leaves from another plant.
It’s cozy enough. I hope Green Guy calls this plant home.
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