This morning an Agate Butterfly (Phlogophora meticulosa) greeted me beside the front door. He (or she) has hibernated as caterpillar or cocoon this past winter. The warm weather in the past few weeks has lead it to transform into this earth-toned beauty. And now it was enjoying the first rays of sunlight. It is a member of the first generation of this specie that will spread its wings in our garden coming summer. In the next few weeks it will be responsible of producing a second generation itself.