Insanity of Motherhood

Motherhood, marriage, and midlife.

Photo Friday – Hidden Jewel


When we lived in our little house one of the things I loved was it’s front yard.  We replaced the lawn with drought tolerant plants to reduce our water usage.  My favorite plant was called the Butterfly Weed.

I planted the Butterfly Weed to attract Monarch Butterflies to the garden.  Monarchs use it  as host to lay eggs on.  The caterpillars hatch and eat the leaves.  For several years after planting no butterflies stopped by.  Finally the year before we moved several Monarchs came by and layed eggs.

The results were fabulous.  Dozens of caterpillars were found in my garden the following spring.  My family and I were thrilled when we saw all the chrysalis and finally the newly hatched butterflies.

When we moved to the new house I was determined to put a new Butterfly Weed in our backyard so we could enjoy butterflies again.  I planted a new plant last fall.  I didn’t expect any butterflies to find the plant so soon, but a few weeks ago I noticed all the leaves were gone.  A sign someone had nibbled.


Later in the week my little son noticed a caterpillar crawling around on the sidewalk.  We let it be and wondered if it might be a Monarch caterpillar.  A few days after my little son was outside playing when he noticed a beautiful chrysalis hanging from a board on our wood fence.  It looked like a jewel.


My family and I pay a visit to the chrysalis everyday to look for changes.  The wings are becoming more visible, so we expect the butterfly to emerge any day.

Few things are more magical than watching a caterpillar change to a butterfly.  It’s truly a miracle.  When she finally does hatch (of course it will be a she) I will post a photo for you.

Happy Friday.

Author: insanityofmotherhood

Mom of three boys, wife, educator, and all around nice gal in the middle of a midlife something. It's not a crisis, but it's something…

11 thoughts on “Photo Friday – Hidden Jewel

  1. that is pretty cool! What fun for the little one(and big ones)

  2. Every time I see a butterfly, I think of my Dad. So happy you have butterfly weed to attract them to your beautiful home!

  3. Nature at its most amazing.

  4. Amazing blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a
    paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Thanks a lot!

    • Welcome. Start with the free platform with WordPress. It is very user friendly and is a great place to start. As you become more skilled and know where you want your blog to go you can moved to a paid option on WordPress. Hope that helps.

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