Sunday, September 19, 2010

Monarch Butterflies

What a glorious morning it was, our little butterfly hatched this morning and we actually had two! After researching on the internet, I knew the waiting was almost up: 10-14 days is the time it takes for a Monarch to go from the pupa stage to the butterfly stage. After staring at our tree for most of the morning, I counted 4 pupa skins, looks like the tree is good for something after all.

If you look closely you can see the wings have turned orange and black inside the pupa.

The newly emerged Monarch's wings are soft and flexible. See how wrinkled the new wings are.
After emerging from the pupa it takes over an hour for the Monarchs wings to be strong enough for flight. Here it is waiting

Resting after the first flight
Left over pupa skin

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