I woke up to the shriek of my children this morning. They were excited to find a butterfly in the caterpillar jar. I ran downstairs because I was afraid that he would fly out and get lost up in the vaulted ceilings where I would not be able to retrieve him. Thankfully his wings were still wet so he didn't leave his home (it probably helped that he got stuck on the electrical tape that I used to tie the sticks together, lol). We plan to release him early this afternoon. How cool is he?!
BTW-He is known as a black swallowtail. :)
In this photo, you can see the leftover shell from his chrysalis. I don't think that he had been out of it for very long at this point.