I was surprised to see that the first of my buckeyes emerged this morning. It was less than 2 weeks ago that I found the caterpillars, and now I have this to show for it:
Click on the picture above to enlarge it, and you can see the small front legs folded up, almost mantid-like, under the butterfly's face.
Beauty and perfection: The virgin wings have not yet taken flight and so are flawless and brilliant.
Have a safe journey, little friend!