Zebra emerging

Taking photographs always reminds me of the cycles of nature. Today there are at least 5-6 chrysalides on one passion vine.

Last May, I photographed many zebra longwing butterflies emerging from their chrysalides on this plant .

Because I'm still in the process of organizing some of those photos on Flickr, I'm just now reviewing some of them. I particularly like this one where the zebra longwing is, for the very first time, viewing life outside the chrysalis as a winged creature. Doesn't its eye look just like a tiny soccer ball?

I am always so happy to see one of these break out, even more so when I had the honor of watching them form the chrysalis from which they emerged.