Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Taking Flight

First a "J" Then a chrysalis...check out the metallic gold dots!

Then TA DA!!

Isn't she beautiful? (Yes, I know it's a she because of the wing spots and the longer body...see the 2 dark dots on the wings next to her tail?)


Like joy unexpected, I looked over at the bug box today and there was a beautiful, newly hatched Monarch butterfly just hanging there. I missed her coming out party...I always do. But that's OK. The fun part is getting to hold them and take them back outside. So that's what we did, and another year's cycle of life has revealed itself to us. I'm keeping watch over the other chrysalis (what's the plural of that word?) in the garden...we spotted three today. Meanwhile, back in the bug box we have moved in one of the Swallowtail caterpillars. I can't wait to see that one transform!

7 comments:

Salem Stitcher said...

That is so cool!

Judy Alexander said...

Karen, What a great shot! I have been trying to get one that good all year...Judy

KarenF said...

Thanks! The chrysalis was especially difficult to get...I usually got the background in focus and it would be blurry (lack of my camera knowledge on my part)...the nice thing about digital is you can take lots of pictures without being wasteful...eventually you get just the right one!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Life is Good~ and oh, so beautiful!

Nane said...

How cool for your boys to get to experience that whole cycle.

Erin said...

That is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

Stacy said...

that's the coolest thing evar!! my poor garden is just not butterfly/crysalis friendly I guess. But we do have mantids!