Today’s lunchtime surprise:
When I went home for lunch today, I found this delicate creature hanging in the cocoon cage. I was beginning to wonder when they’d start hatching – it’s been at least a couple of weeks since the spinning began. She looks a little smaller than I remember them being – but it’s years since I’ve had one in my hands, and I was smaller then, so the difference in size may be partly just the effect of memory. I need to get a ruler and measure her, but I was doing this on my lunch break – she’s probably got a wingspan of about four inches, give or take a bit, which is about right for the species.
Here, you can see her big ol’ belly full of eggs. She’s far too heavy to fly; she tried it, and fluttered gracefully down to the ground.
I love the purple of the forewings and the legs.