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!!