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Monarch Metamorphasis

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Surprise! As I was mowing this morning, I noticed movement underneath a pipe, and discovered one more chysalis, with its butterfly still clinging to it! (There were at least two caterpillars whose chrysalides I never found.) I thought it was a very clever place to make a chrysalis – the pipe sheltered it nicely. I went out again later and saw the butterfly take its first flight off into the world. Good luck, little guy!

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Monarch chrysalis transformation

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Another caterpillar completed its transformation into a chrysalis this afternoon. I saw the caterpillar hanging early in the morning, so I went out once an hour to photograph it, trying to catch its metamorphosis in pictures. What I now know is that the main caterpillar-to-chrysalis transformation takes place in about 5 minutes! I was lucky enough to catch the tail end, when the chrysalis is mostly formed but the top is not yet complete. An amazing website documents the whole butterfly lifecycle. Read about it here.

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Happy birthday, Dyeyo!

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Happy B-Day, Dyeyo D!! Rich and I were surprised to find a Monarch caterpillar starting its chrysalis this morning. After a bit more looking, we found two more. (Usually we can’t find the chrysalis!) This morning they were upside down and wiggling a lot. When we got home this evening, they had already completed their transformation into a full chrysalis. So in about 10 days, we’ll have three new butterflies. :) This week’s rain total as of this evening: 17.25 inches!!!