She did everything right. She emerged from the chrysalis at about 10am.
She puffed out and dried her wings perfectly (the wings are scrunched up and folded tightly inside the chrysalis and so the butterfly has to puff them out to be large and smooth).
She pulled down her abdomen (the abdomen comes out of the chrysalis small and fat and the butterfly has to pull it out to be long and slim).
She zipped the two segments of her proboscis together (the proboscis comes in two separate segments and the butterfly must zip it together, by moving it in and out, in and out, to enable it to join as one item like a long drinking straw. If they don't achieve this they are unable to feed).
The weather is in her favour, right now, as we enjoy a super hot Summer in the north of New Zealand. Our girl spent 6 hours readying herself for her first flight and the start of her butterfly life. At about 3pm her wings began to flex in the sun - open and closed, open and closed.
Then she lifted herself and flew perfectly up to the high branch of a nearby Olive tree.