Wednesday, August 23, 2017


In an earlier story I showed you my find of a Monarch caterpillar and how it formed its chrysalis in my jar, on a milkweed leaf. I took the leaf and put it over the top of the jar and then put an elastic band around the opening to hold it in place while it developed, hanging over the opening.  I found it on August 4 and it developed into its pupa stage on August 9. Today it emerged. I didn't want it to get stuck in the jar so, as it was dropping out of its shell, I took the stiff and dried-out leaf and pinned it with a clothespin to the loop in my laundry line so it could dry before flying away. It took 2 hours to spread its wings before leaving. Everything went off with out a problem at all and that was my hope. As I was watching it spread its wings while on the leaf, it suddenly took off. I was caught unaware and didn't get the shot of its flight high in the sky as it headed to a destination far far away! It was a wonderful feeling to see it soar.
7:47 AM August 23, 2017
9:41 AM August 23, 2017
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Wonders will never cease...


  1. Oh my gosh, Ms. G....this is just so incredible!! What a thrill, and reading your post and how you nurtured it made my arm tingle with goose flesh!

    Absolutely amazing.

  2. Yes, it is miraculous! Time for you to emerge from your place and go somewhere safe due to Harvey! GO!!!