We get monarchs on a regular basis, and I decided to try to follow one from caterpillar to cocoon (I think the correct name is actually chrysalis) to butterfly. We're in S. CA, and I don't think we are on any regular migration route for monarchs, but somehow they manage to find us... very cool!
Photo taken 12/26/10 @ 2:07 PM
|Monarch caterpillar on Milkweed plant - they are voracious eaters|
and will strip the plant of all leaves
|Another Monarch caterpillar (not the same as above)|
|Sorry - technical difficulties! Turn your head 90 degrees|
to the left. Monarch caterpillar has attached himself to
the siding on the front of the house (hanging down, not sideways!)
|Caterpillar has morphed into a chrysalis - 3 days old|
|8-day old Monarch chrysalis; has turned a darker green and |
the gold band is now curved; chrysalis has more angular shape.
|Sorry - turn your head again... 11-day old Monarch chrysalis|
|I promise... last time you will need to turn your head 90 degrees |
to the left!! Monarch has pushed it's way out of the chrysalis.
|Newly emerged Monarch on Milkweed plant... but this is not the same|
butterfly that emerged from the above chrysalis. Note the folded wings,
so we know he has just emerged!
Photo taken 1/22/11 @ 2:52 PM
|Here's the star of the show... "newborn" Monty the Monarch |
has just broken out of his chrysalis. Doesn't appear he can fly yet.
Photo taken 1/22/11 @ 4:59 PM
|Monty the Monarch... just a couple hours old. Not flying yet, but starting to open and close his wings in preparation for first flight!|