butterflies in progress
Cristybella and I have been attending to lawn and garden chores nearly every weekend for the past couple of months. We can hear baby birds chirping in their nests and are happy to enjoy the colorful blooming plants.
Last week I excitedly blogged about monarch caterpillars in the yard.
There were many more eggs than I imagined and the garden has been a revolving door of caterpillars. We’ve kept an eye on a few as they make their way to the next phase of life.
After the caterpillars have eaten a huge helping of milkweed leaves, they depart that plant to find a place to get comfortable. And the shrub a few inches away is very inviting.
It takes them a little while to settle into the new spot where they’ll take up residence for the next week or so. The insect attaches itself to the underside of a sturdy surface, then the metamorphosis begins.
They shed their striped skin and become a chrysalis.
In about a week and a half, the adult monarchs inside will emerge. I’d love to witness that, but the chances are pretty slender. We hope to catch a glimpse of one or two butterflies before they leave us.
It’s been so gratifying to glimpse into the magical side of Mother Nature. Hope you’re having a wonderful week and thank you for reading!