28 June 2009

The Birth of a Monarch Butterfly This Morning

At 6:30 this morning I had the privilege of watching a Monarch butterfly emerging from the chrysalis. It sat there for a couple of hours while I watered and weeded the flower bed.

The papery object on the fence just below and to the right of the butterfly is the empty chrysalis.
When it was ready to move, it walked up the fence and then began fanning its wings to dry them before taking flight.

While the Monarch caterpillars only hang out on milkweeds the adults like the nectar of the perennial sweet pea in that flower bed.

1 comment:

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Martha, that was cool. I love a good butterfly birth, and extras points for it being a Monarch.

Have you seen the frog fights over at A Way to Garden?~~Dee