Raising a Monarch Butterfly

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.

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

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!

Monarch Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis

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!

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