Unfortunately, there were far more caterpillars than the plants could support, and after they had devoured all the leaves and flowers, they proceeded to eat the stems:
Some of them tried neighbouring plants, but they didn't seem to like them nearly as much.
Here's a chrysalis (green with gold detailing!)
I picked the stems I could find that had chrysalises on them, and brought them inside. One has hatched so far:
It took a while to dry out its new wings. It trotted up and down the windowsill slowly flapping for a long time.
When it seemed to have got the hang of flying, I took it outside:
So that's one success. There are 2 more chrysalises to hatch, so the ratio of skeleton-ised swan plants to butterflies will probably be 1:1!
Thanks Katie for the plants :-)
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