Sunday, September 10, 2006

Waiting for wings

Monarch chrysalis, day 15

9 comments:

bunnygirl said...

You know, when I was a kid I had a book that followed the lifespan of just this type of butterfly. The chrysalis in this pic looks just like the one I remember from my book!

I've always wished I could see a monarch life cycle in person, but I've never lived in a town where that was possible.

Thanks for keeping us updated-- this is fun!

madcap said...

I've never seen one of these in real life. It does look just like the ones in books.

NatureWoman said...

Oh, this is just so fun to watch. Thanks for letting us watch along with you!

e4 said...

We've got monarchs, and we've got chrysalises, but I haven't seen any monarch chrysalises.

Looking forward to updates.

Susan Gets Native said...

Is it me, of can you see the wings pressed against the bottom of the chrysalis?

jemkagily said...

You're getting close! Soon you will be able to see through the chrysalis even more, and then it will seem darker...the butterfly will emerge that day. You might want to pick that stem with the chrysalis on it and bring it into the house in a large jar or container covered with breathable cloth. The butterfly will be very vulnerable when it first emerges and will need several hours to unfurl its wings to the point where it can fly. (We lost a monarch yesterday in the garden to one of the massive spiders that seem to materialize every September). But we did raise and release a round dozen monarchs this year!

Lynne said...

Looks like a beautiful piece of jade jewelry!

MojoMan said...

Will you be following it all the way to Mexico for us?

LauraHinNJ said...

Mojoman: If you buy the ticket - I'll go! ;-)

Lynne: It does, doesn't it? If only I had one for each ear!

Wendy: You know, I almost stayed home from work today - thinking that today was THE day - then I read your comment and looked at pics on the web and realized this chrysalis still had work to do.

I've resisted bringing it inside - don't want to mess with it too much - it's such a joy to witness! There is a big spider on the shed nearby, though. I took some pics to try and figure out what type it is, but spiders are hard to ID!

Susan: Yes! It's so neat to see how it is changing from day to day.

e4: So what types of chrysalises do you have? Do tell!

Naturewoman: It is fun - not something you get to see everyday.

Madcap: There is something special about having found this and being able to watch it over time. Beats a book anyday! (Did I just say that?)

Bunnygirl: I do feel like a little kid that has been given a great present! I've always wanted to see this. Aren't monarchs just about everywhere that you might be able to see it sometime?