Thursday, September 29, 2016

Morning Metamorphosis


monarch chrysalis on geranium


It had been about eight days since two monarch caterpillars had attached to the geranium in a pot on our front porch and formed chrysalises. I checked them first thing every morning, and Monday, in the dim predawn light, one of them had changed from its lima bean green to black as my cell phone. Little by little, the unique black and orange wing pattern became visible through the translucent case.


monarch butterfly on chrysalis


By mid-morning, a new female butterfly was suspended on an empty chrysalis, her wings not fully extended. 




She climbed on uncertain legs to a nearby stem, where she hung to dry.




A couple of hours later, she was ready. She climbed to the top of a leaf, pumped her wings, and flew off, high above the trees.





That day, there was a bonus. 
All week, I had searched the geranium in vain for other chrysalises, but there, hanging out to dry, was another new butterfly.


monarch butterfly on red geranium


She perched on a blossom brighter than a stoplight in the city. 
The sisters are headed for Mexico, and we hope they'll be back next spring. 
We'll keep the light on for them. 


Linking with Saturday's Critters




14 comments:

Tom said...

Gorgeous images...I have seen few monarchs this year.

Margaret Adamson said...

Wonderful to get this sequence of shots. Have a wonderful weekend.

jandi said...

Amazing images!

jabblog said...

What a lovely set of images.

Mosura said...

Great series of photos. I like the chrysalis shot.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Connie! Beautiful sequence of Monarch photos. They are beautiful butterflies. The flowers are gorgeous too.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Mary Cromer said...

Absolutely one of God's beautiful gifts. I witnessed this a few years ago...love your shares. I only saw 2 Monarchs here the whole season.

Nancy Chan said...

Gorgeous butterflies. Love the beautiful red blooms too! Just to let you know I am now your newest follower. Hope you will follow me back. Thank you.

Brian King said...

Wow! These are fantastic!

Lady Fi said...

What fabulous shots.

Pia said...

Great shots of a great moment!

Anita Johnson said...

Beautiful...I've never seen a Monarch on a geranium...what a color combination!

Anita Johnson said...

I love this....so few Monarchs here this year . Beautiful pictures!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful moment.. Congrats