I know this is grade school stuff, but I never got to do it grade school so now is the time for me. I came upon an opportunity to acquire a monarch caterpillar from a fellow naturalist and jumped at the chance to nurture it to butterfly. It was already a beefy little thing so it was projected to go into the chrysalis stage soon.
Sure enough, in about 5 days, this little guy hangs upside down in a J-form and I’m just thrilled because I know that’s the sign of chrysalis stage coming on soon. I took these photos and overnight this little caterpillar morphed into this bright green chrysalis. No, I didn’t think to set up a time lapse but hopefully I’ll catch it on the next phase. Whew!
Now, in about 10-14 days, the metamorphosis will happen, I hope!! When the chrysalis starts to become clear or nearly transparent, the monarch will begin to emerge. So, stay tuned for pictures of the final stage, a beautiful butterfly!