We had a freeze a couple of weeks ago and rushed to put our outdoor faucets covers on. When we took them off, we found a butterfly cocoon had been trapped inside! The last cocoons we saw were back in late September. Luckily the little guy was still wiggling - although very slowly. Well, sometime between Monday and today, the little guy crawled out and flew away. We're so glad to know it made it!
It was one of these guys: the Gulf Fritillary.
We cut down the butterfly garden, so now it's just a few tiny shrubs that (I hope) will be hibernating (as soon as we get some colder weather).