Meanwhile, Back In The Garden...

The Monarchs are on the move again.  I noticed the Chrysalises were changing.
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A few hours later...
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A few caterpillars remain.
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The Asclepias are growing new foliage.
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Monarchs are not the only insect attracted to the Asclepias.
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I kept checking the chrysalises
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Finally my timing was right!
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I tried to get a picture of the first flight.
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Then the brand new butterfly stopped to examine an Aloe flower.
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Then it flew off, on its journey.  Bon Voyage, little beauty.      

Comments

  1. Wonderful! It's a miracle and how special to watch this new one test its wings for the first time. I just love your garden! Is that Euphorbia hardy for you?

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    1. I was so happy to see their success, and to have been a part of it in a small way.

      Euphorbias are almost all hardy here, we rarely go below 40F on the coldest winter nights.

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  2. Amazing clicks!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  3. What amazing creatures butterflies are. I'm glad to see the Asclepias is still growing. Go, ladybug, go!

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    1. I'm happy both the caterpillars and the Asclepias survived. I haven't seen so many ladybugs since the proliferation of the Mantis in the garden, but they are still around.

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  4. Is there anything more inspirational than the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly?

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    1. It's pretty amazing. If you described it to someone who knew nothing about insects, would they believe it?

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  5. So beautiful that Monarch butterfly!

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    1. And when it flies through the garden, quite enchanting!

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  6. Great pictures! It must have been quite an effort :)

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    1. Keeping the darn caterpillars fed was an effort! The photo was easy in comparison.

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  7. That last picture is perfect, with the Monarch precision colors on that lovely yellow aloe blossom.

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  8. I am so jealous, I have tons of milkweed but have NEVER seen a chrysalis. How great for you!

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