Caterpillar (Monarch) eating in preparation for metamorphosis
Magnificent shelter of the Monarch
Butterfly emerging from the chrysalis
Monarch drying it’s wings preparing for the first flight
Ten days are the time of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. Over the four hours before the butterfly emerges the emerald-green color of the chrysalis case will change becoming transparent. During this phase you can see through the case markings of the Monarchs wings wrapped tight around the caterpillar/butterfly body. In order to see this spectacular performance one needs to sit and watch, the change can happen at anytime. Leaving for one minute could result in missing the magical moment. Patience rewards with a memory of wonderment and beauty that you can recall and cherish, what a precious gift.
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