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.
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.