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A Monarch butterfly chrysalis casing attached to the outside of a classroom window, near a planting of Scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica). Photo 1 of 3 is a copy of the original photograph, cropped to highlight the chrysalis. Photo 2 of 3 was annotated to highlight the chrysalis; Photo 3 of 3 is the original photograph.
The Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School. Related Resource: http://www.fcps.edu/HollinMeadowsES/
I observed Monarch butterfly caterpillars (larvae) feeding on Scarlet milkweed plants during late August through early September 2010. Sometime later, during the pupal stage of its life, one of the caterpillars created a chrysalis on a classroom window in order to transform from larva to adult. I discovered the empty casing after the adult Monarch butterfly had emerged from its chrysalis.
Lat: 38.75, Long: -77.07
Spotted on Oct 9, 2010
Submitted on Sep 4, 2011