Last August, Julia noticed a few holes in some string beans in the garden.
One of holes had droppings pouring out of it, and we could see someone fuzzy inside.
I opened this tunnel up for a better look at its inhabitant.
A quick look in a field guide told me what this was going to turn into, and I generally focus my rearing efforts on unknowns, but I decided to make an exception. After munching on beans for another week, it shed its fuzzy skin to reveal a fuzzy brown chrysalis.
In the spring, it emerged as a gray hairstreak (Lycaenidae: Strymon melinus) as expected. It obligingly posed on a dandelion before fluttering away.
We’re more than happy to sacrifice a few string beans to have these around.