Monday, July 15, 2013

Birth of an Emperor Video

A couple of weeks ago I posted photos of a purple emperor chrysalis found in the wild. I had named him Trajan but several experts suggested 'he' was a 'she' so I renamed him Plotina, Trajan's wife. A few days ago the woodmen cut down his sallows but I was able to rescue him (for an emperor he was!) and made space for him in my living room.

Showing wry wit and irony, my Emperor was born yesterday, on Bastille day! I waited all day while he coloured up, but nipped out in the afternoon for an hour, leaving a video camera to keep an eye on him.

When I got back:

The emergence was recorded on video:

Birth of an Emperor

He got restless after a couple of hours:

So I took him to the woods and released him:

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