First Butterfly Emerges in 2012!
From the chrysalides in a cage on my front porch, that is.
It was a pipevine swallowtail. I think the white on the forewing is on the back of it and just showing through, so it's a male - he has too much blue to be a female.
The first spring butterflies are always so much smaller than the later ones, and this little guy was no exception -
The freeze we had about a week ago killed a lot of the new growth that was sprouting on many plants here, but not all, so some things will have to start all over again.
It's warm today, though, and there are no freezes in the forecast - let's hope it stays that way, and spring is really here!