It happened again. Another handsome insect was found wedged deep inside of a head of romaine lettuce. I don't know how far these lettuces travel, or how long they spend in refrigeration before they are shuttled off and sold, but somehow, the trapped insects just roll with it.
This time it is a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly! It has quite a bit of wing damage and I am very surprised that she is alive and standing. I can't tell how many legs are still working.
I'm having difficulty with deciding what to do with it. I usually prefer to set bugs free once everyone is ready. Thing is, it's mid December, it's 4*C and it's raining - not butterfly weather! I haven't seen her successfully fly yet, either. She seems interested in the orange slices.
Once reaching the butterfly stage, these ladies only have a lifespan of about two weeks. Who knows how long Gary has been a butterfly? How long was she wedged in the lettuce? Where did that lettuce grow? How far did it travel? Is Gary male or female? Were any eggs laid? What is this bug's life story??
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?