Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monarch Metamorphosis

One day it's a caterpillar munching on Asclepias, then it hangs itself up on a mallow plant. A day later it is a green and gold chrysalis. The day after that, pictured here, there is just the slightest hint of what is going on inside the clear shell. Soon the color will change to orange and black. How I would love to watch the butterfly's escape and first flight. I will keep an eye on it. I might get lucky.

There is no post for August 25th. We had to be out of town overnight. Ed really wanted to see the caterpillar split its skin. A check before we left found the caterpillar skin in tact. When we returned the next day the caterpillar was gone replaced by a chrysalis. We will try to keep the end of September free of appointments. A spectacular event is coming and we do not want to miss it.

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