Monday, January 04, 2016

Just Another Monarch Monday

A temporary cover until I went back to Tea2Go to get a lid
Good excuse to get another tea!

Look carefully -
You can still see the caterpillar's stripes on the left one.
The just-formed chrysalis is still hardening

Beautiful!  Like a Christmas ornament
Bonus Scrabble and Boggle scoring points - that black attachment is called a cremaster
The three monarch caterpillars I found and rescued December 30 on the front garden Asclepias (milkweed) have formed their cocoons, and are in the pupa stage.  I always thought their chrysalis looked magically pretty - jade green with metallic gold dots.   Late next week is probably the earliest the butterflies will emerge - it can take 9-14 days.

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