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Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis

Of the multitude of discoveries that every summer offers us, one of the most magical is that of  a Monarch Butterfly chrysalis.  While locating a Monarch larva is not all that difficult, especially when they are as prolific as they are this summer, finding a chrysalis doesn’t happen all that often. Most butterfly chrysalises are a rather drab brown, but the Monarch’s is a beautiful green which serves to camouflage it in fields where the caterpillars feed on milkweed and eventually pupate (form a chrysalis).  The Monarch caterpillar, when mature, usually seeks a sheltered spot under a leaf or branch where rain will not cause the silk button by which it hangs to disintegrate.  The chrysalis in the photograph is attached to a blade of grass which was anchored with silk to another blade of grass in order to make it more secure.  No matter how many I’ve seen, each one still takes my breath away.

2 responses

  1. Jean Harrison

    So beautiful with the water droplets. Each summer I bring in a few eggs to watch and photograph the stages. Last week two beautiful male monarchs eclosed from the two inside chrysalides. Of course I released them.

    August 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  2. Kathryn Connell

    This is one of the most beautiful jewels in the natural world. Exquisite!

    August 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

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