You remember our friend Crystal Theodore Sanchez from this post? For a couple of weeks he was healthy and happy and we were happy. Then he began to look a bit wimpy. He seemed to be getting smaller somehow. We were certain that he was dying but weren't sure what to do. It seemed like we should release him but he had been in the house (first on the Christmas tree, then in captivity) for over a month and we wondered if the climate change would do him in. We waited a few days but he just got wimpier. Finally deciding that he was a goner, I removed the lid of his little indoor habitat and walked outside prepared to dump him on the shrubs. I know it sounds callous but I remind you he was just a bug... and a deadish bug at that! On further inspection I just couldn't do it. He was still (barely) hanging onto the piece of pine, albeit looking quite odd. I put the lid back on and forgot about him for a couple of days.
The other morning I took a peek and there was something fuzzy looking in the lid. I thought that maybe he had actually made a cocoon. Before I could even reach over to remove it I saw that it wasn't a cocoon at all. Apparently the funny looking wimpy Hermie had actually been performing a metamorphoses!
No, he's no Painted Lady or swallowtail but he's our little miracle of rebirth... We've increased his living space and moved him near the ponies so he won't be lonely. :)