With the caterpillars transformed into Chrysalis, we wait...
|Chrysalis formed on leaf of Milkweed|
|Chrysalis moved to safety|
|Tied with thread to top of Butterfly Castle|
Everyday we watch for signs of change.
And then it begins...
Can you see the change?
The Chrysalis begins to blacken.
8-12 days will have elapsed since the caterpillar became a Chrysalis. Each of our Chrysalis have entered this stage in the late afternoon or evening.
As it blackens, the Chrysalis appears to become translucent
and we can see what's slowly happening inside.
When morning comes, we can clearly see the wings of the butterfly
through the Chrysalis...
and the body on the opposite side from the wings.
Soon the butterfly inside will begin to expand
and at that very moment...
the Chrysalis will begin to split vertically up the center.
This all happens within a matter of seconds...
and then the beautiful Monarch Butterfly will emerge.
If you blink...
you will miss it.
Come watch this miracle unfold on our next post.
It truly is amazing!
If you've missed the other post in this series, here are the links: