Saturday, July 28, 2012

A caterpillar survival story for camera critters


An amazing survival story! I have been raising Monarch butterfly caterpillars  recently and I  now have 3 which have changed into beautiful jade green chrysalis.   I was a bit confused  though, as I had thought I had had 4 caterpillars. What had happened to the fourth one? ? Mystery solved!  My husband,David found it this morning when he found a chrysallis attached to the wall of our back sun porch when he moved some furniture away from the wall.  Perhaps the caterpillar had been mixed in with old milkweed leaves and got dropped as I was cleaning out the insect cage , replacing the old leaves with newer, fresher ones.  Luckily it didn't get thrown out with the garbage with the old leaves!Wow! What a neat discovery! Hopefully we can preserve and protect it until it changes into an adult Monarch butterfly! Hmmm... what about protecting it from the cat and visiting grandchildren? What a remarkable opportunity to study the chyrsallis up close!
August 2nd. update: This morning I noticed that the chrysalis appeared to look quite dark.  Looking closely up close I could see the folded wings of the Monarch butterfly within.  How beautiful.  I hope I am lucky enough  to see the chrysalis break and watch the butterfly unfold its wings!

What I find most pleasing about this discovery is that I had read that the caterrpillar attaches itself by weaving a silk-like mat to hang from.  In this picture we can see the white  attachment! How lovely!

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9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful chrysalis!

joanne said...

that chrysalis is so beautiful! Looks like a lovely ceramic decoration, with golden necklace.....what a shot.....

Connie Smiley said...

So gorgeous! I've seen these exquisite beauties twice, but didn't get to see the emergence of the butterfly. I hope you do, and will share it with us.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is wonderful.It looks like the location is perfect for pictures as well.

eJoops said...

That's awesome. Visiting from Camera critters.

Our CRITTERS, your comment will be greatly appreciated. Have a great Saturday!

Kerri said...

Oh, I do hope is survives!!

chubskulit said...

Must be fun to watch them turn into butterflies. Hopping by from camera critters.

Some Cardinal shots, come and see.

Becky said...

I love raining Monarchs. Isn't it a wonderful experience to see the transformation? So far I haven't found any caterpillars, or seen very many butterflies.

Mary said...

So interesting to watch!