The two monarch butterflies we christened Mainwaring and Wilson have emerged from their cocoons within half an hour of each other. We put them outside. They stayed for a while testing their wings before fluttering off. How they will get on in these colder days I don’t know. I presume they leave eggs to hatch next summer.
On the second swan plant Jen gave us there was the smallest caterpillar imaginable. I was going to call it Pike but Anne called it Tiny and that name stuck Tiny is growing fast, a voracious eater. She had to transfer him to a second plant. By the time he (or she – do caterpillars have sexes) emerges from the cocoon it will indeed be a colder world. Rain today with a top temperature of 17 forecast.