I spied this little black swallowtail chrysalis on the tippy top of our second-year parsley this morning. They are usually hidden away so this was a nice surprise. While I was snapping this photo, I saw a predecessor flitting about the garden laying more eggs on the neighboring parsley. They stop and bend their bodies ever so slightly and you can find the translucent eggs on the undersides of leaves or tucked in the folds.
I was re-inspired to learn more about moths and butterflies after finishing A Girl of the Limberlost. I'm not big on fiction but if the author presents a rich setting it will stick with me for life. A Girl of the Limberlost was a wonderful story, particularly to those of us interested in the Charlotte Mason philosophy on education with its emphasis on nature study. It was a bit too romantic for my 12 year old, but I would definitely recommend it for teens as for its sensible, ladylike portrayal of courtship.
Thanks for all your great comments yesterday! I could talk Little House for years. One of the most important lessons in The Long Winter, IMO, comes from the muskrat house. The ability of animals, and observant humans, to predict these weather conditions. This means they can be known (without a radar) if you just look closely enough. I so want my children to learn to look closely enough.