Saturday, August 2, 2014

Monarch Butterfly Update

 
Our second Monarch butterfly emerged from it's chrysalis this morning!!
As I headed out the back door to hang out the laundry, I glanced at the enclosure and there was a shadow of a butterfly!!
I unzipped the side and thrust my camera inside for a view from below -- 5 chrysalis and 1 butterfly.
I carefully offered a finger to the butterfly to climb on and ride down to the opening, but she preferred to flutter down on her own.  I snapped a quick photo before she drifted out of the enclosure and off into the garden.  She will be mature enough in 4 to 5 days to begin to lay eggs.   
For a simple illustrated explanation of the life cycle of this insect and photos of the male and female, here's a link -- http://www.monarchwatch.org/biology/cycle1.htm
 
Seven more to go!!
 
Mary Huey
www.maryhueyquilts.com

4 comments:

  1. Well done Mary, she is beautiful, you must be so proud? No really, she is gorgeous, you are doing good for all of us.

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    1. Three more are ready to hatch out today -- I hope to get some "emerging" photos to share!!

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  2. How exciting to see your monarch! Well done Mary! We have mllkweek in our garden and we leave it there for the monarchs.

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    1. I leave the milkweed stalks stand all winter, too -- in the spring, I've watched orioles and blue jays strip them for the long fibers to use in their nests.

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