A male Black Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) munched hungrily on purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) as it was released in the native flower garden at DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville.
The caterpillar was found on a Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) at the church and brought home by butterfly enthusiast Katie Bell.
Bell used skills and knowledge acquired in a butterfly breeding class to feed and protect the insect in her home for three weeks.
Photographer Peter Chen was on hand to document the release.
Bell is currently nurturing the caterpillar of a Monarch butterfly, which will also be released in the church's garden.