Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monarch Butterfly

My friend, Debbie, has a nice patch of Milkweed and a couple of Monarchs that fly in an out.  She found one caterpillar and put it in a container….fed it fresh milkweed everyday…until it made it’s cocoon.

This is what it looked like yesterday…around 2pm.  If you look closely…you can see a faint outline of the wings.036cs

This was taken early this morning. It has turned very dark and is getting a lot more transparent. You can see some of the color.034cs

We had a great waffle breakfast at their house this morning and watch….and watched….and watched….

We all had other things to do ..so we brought the container home with us …..I wanted to get a video of it coming out….

we watched…..and watched….

I left the room for awhile and Jim watched….no change other than getting a bit clearer…..Jim left the room for a few minutes…..and you know what happened…before I got out there it had opened and was drying it’s wings. 

I took the container and rode my bike to Debbie’s and put it on one of their milkweed plants.


It sat there for about an hour …then we started seeing some spreading of wings every few minutes.

A few minutes later it climbed up to the flowers…perhaps grabbed a snack and then flew away. I hope it remains in the area and lays an egg and we can have better luck next time. 

We have an idea of what to watch for…but perhaps it saw us as predators and waited for us to leave.


  1. This is an awesome event to witness.Too bad you missed part of it.

  2. How neat! I've had lots of butterflies this year but no Monarchs yet.

  3. What a very cool process to, almost, watch. Better luck next time. Yet it is a breath of beauty.

  4. Nice work, and that butterfly is beautiful! I wish you would witness an emergence of one next time.

  5. Like the saying goes, a watched pot never boils. Maybe you'll get lucky next time, but it was interesting to watch the progression.

  6. Wonderful! I have only seen two monarchs around here this year, I think I will be planting some milkweed and fennel to attract more next year. ATB!

  7. Hey Carol,

    Great work, unfortunate that you missed the main part of conversion.


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