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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Monarch Butterfly Hatching

I spent my childhood summers catching insects, frogs, turtles, salamanders, toads, minnows, and the occasional snake.  I still have some of that curious little explorer in me, so when I found a tiny monarch catapillar a few weeks ago I was delighted at the idea of watching the amazing metamorphosis happen before my eyes.

I was a diligent caretaker, bringing fresh milkweed leaves to my growing caterpillar every day.  

The payoff happened on the morning when I woke to find the chrysalis about to break open.  I took it outside, and this is what I saw...
Here I transferred it to a flower in my front yard.

 
 and its first landing...

9 comments:

laterg8r said...

gorgeous pics - so cool that you got to see this :D

SpiritMama said...

Thanks! It is truly amazing.

Kathy said...

Wow...beautiful and what amazing photo shots.

Bright blessings,
Kathy

Kathy L said...

Absolutely wonderful. What a special treat to view this beautiful event up close and personal. Thank you!

Piktoland said...

What a beautiful thing to witness!
Great pics, thanks for sharing the experience :)

Campbell Jane said...

Oh my gosh! You are so lucky to get to witness and be a part of this rebirth! Awesome photos. Found you on Twitter ;)
Blessings

White Violet Art said...

Wow! Amazing pics! :) Thanks for sharing!

Wendy Wright said...

Wow what an amazing thing to watch and capture. Great pics! Thanks for sharing! :)

Lee Harth said...

Those monarch butterfly photos are great.And love your artwork as well. Nice blog spiritmama.