Saturday, October 4, 2014

Emergence


It takes 10 to 14 days for a monarch butterfly to emerge from the cocoon, and after all that waiting, the actual process happens rather quickly.  In less than a minute, this butterfly was out of its cocoon, and in about another 7 minutes, the wings were fully extended.










The new butterflies hang for a while to let their wings dry, and then they're off.  
This one struggled across the grass, awkwardly, un-butterfly like, 
before he finally discovered his wings.




I've always loved these butterflies,
but my admiration for them has grown as I've watched their tenacity,
and when they finally fly, my heart takes wing along with them.

We're wishing them a happy winter in Mexico,
or wherever they made reservations this year,
and we'll leave the lights on for them next spring.



For the metamorphosis, click here.




Linking with Our World Tuesday
and Saturday's Critters


30 comments:

Sharon K said...

Such a beautiful story from the Creator. Thanks for documenting it for us. :)

Ela said...

Oh my god, nature is so wonderful ! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures !
Have a nice Sunday !

Anita Johnson said...

These are just beautiful. I raised over 10 monarchs in my kitchen this year....bringing them in as eggs or caterpillars. I have never seen a chrysalis in the wild yet. I just love these photos...our Monarchs are gone now, hopefully beating the frost to Mexico!

Margaret Adamson said...

isn't nature wonderful and it was very special you were there to witness the birth of this beautiful butterfly. Wonderful shots of the series.

Brian King said...

This is awesome! I've never actually seen a butterfly emerge.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Beautifully captured and narrated......

Mersad said...

This might be the best series of images I have every seen. Each one spot on and perfect!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely sight to see, the beautiful Monarch emerging.. Great series of images.. Thank you for linking up, have a happy weekend!

bailey-road.com said...

Such beautiful photo coverage of one of nature's miracles. They must be very vulnerable to predators during this process.

Felicia said...

Thanks Connie, (sorry I called your Grace in the last post) for posting. Isn't God amazing. I found a monarch in my yard I thought was hurt and now I'm wondering if it hadn't just hatched.

Awesome images.

Lisa Gordon said...

How fortunate you were to have been able to witness this little miracle, Connie. It never ceases to amaze me.

Thank you for sharing here.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Marie said...

Yes! Wonderful! Wouldn't you love to see the thousands of monarchs arrive in their mountain town in Mexico around Day of the Dead! What a sight that would be!

Sandra said...

How wonderful to be there when the metamorphosis took place and to watch and photograph each step. This is a really stunning butterfly that I've never seen in real life. The amazing journey they make every year is one of the wonders of nature!

Linda said...

Gorgeous and captivating series!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Fabulous photos! This second part is even more amazing than the first part.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Very nice to see this process.
Good shots and nice to see the result at the end.

Kind regards,
Marco

marsue said...

Absolutely beautiful photos of an amazing process. A great example of God's handiwork. Thanks for sharing!

pens and needles said...

What a blessing to witness this miracle! No matter how many times it has happened (and will again),this transformation is almost unbelievable and miraculous. How neat that you were able to witness and share it with us!

Susan (ABON) said...

Just WOW! Amazing images of this transformation in progress! Thank you so much for sharing it with us :)

Dina said...

Your beautiful butterfly photos create a deep sense of awe.
Thank you for the pictures and words.
Shalom from the Holy Land.

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful series of photos.

jeannettestgermain said...

Thank you for showing this beautiful process. And the pics are so clear!

carol l mckenna said...

What a gift to watch the process of this monarch butterfly and to photograph it! Wonderful photography and great post!

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

ladyfi said...

Wow - what incredible shots of this transformation. Just gorgeous!

Laura said...

Photographed with such tenderness! I do hope you will share these beautiful photos with I Heart Macro too:-)

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Those are fabulous shots! I rescued 7 Monarch caterpillars from an infested milkweed. 3 did not make it. 4 have been in their cacoon stage for 7 days. I hope that means they are healthy. I can't wait for the butterflies to emerge.

Priyashi said...

Amazing Photography...... Fantastic...:)

Kerri Farley said...

This makes my heart sing :)

marciento said...

Invite you to watch a new photo album on my blog.
I wish you a successful new week.

Jennifer Richardson said...

Simply amazing.
Love and thanks,
Jennifer