Malachi found a caterpillar on a limb that looked like this:
We put it in a jar, and he continued to feed it leaves from the tree where he found it. One morning, I walked in and noticed it had attached itself to the side of the jar with silk. I was so excited to show the kids... I figured it meant it was ready to make a chrysalis.
This is a picture of my miracle -Malachi- holding the miracle he witnessed....
I have to tell you that, I personally, was just fascinated by the entire thing. We have had caterpillars that made cocoons and became moths, but never a chrysalis to a butterfly. And to see him so fresh and new was absolutely beautiful. We did a little internet research and found out that this particular butterfly is called a Red-spotted Purple....which is rather misnamed considering the spots are orange and the predominant color is blue. Apparently, there is a purple color on the underneath of the forewing.
If you ever find a caterpillar or a butterfly you'd like to identify, the following site is extremely helpful in doing so. It contains a checklist and then provides you with various examples to choose from.
For caterpillars: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Caterpillars
For butterflies: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Butterflies