It’s baby time again in the butterfly nursery at our house! In a June blog post I told you about the thrilling visit by a female monarch to our garden, and showed you photos of her laying an egg on our milkweed.
The first monarch emerged this weekend!
This is a closeup of him hanging onto the chrysalis that he emerged from. We let him rest overnight because the weather was cold and windy. Sunday brought a bit of sun, so we let him go.
His empty chrysalis is on the left. His sister is ready to emerge – we could tell because her chrysalis became transparent and we could see the pattern of her wings through it.
She emerged the next day. Here’s a photo of her from the front.We raised and released three monarchs – two male and one female. Hopefully she’ll return to our garden to to lay more eggs, or if you’ve planted milkweed maybe she’ll find her way to your garden!
I made a poster and card of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.