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Monarch

Danaus plexippus

Description:

The Monarch chrysalis (2 different ones) is beautiful. The case encloses the future butterfly. It is pale/aqua green, marked with golden spots and a golden spotted stripe at the top. The chrysalis is hung by a small patch of silk into which it hooks its hind legs. Then it hangs head downwards. In the first image the caterpillar turned to a chrysalis case first and is a tad longer than the second one. Two weeks later the chrysalis will split open and a Monarch butterfly will emerge. I will post those images. Any day now.

Habitat:

Swamp Milkweed. Around the edge of field.

Notes:

During weeding, a neighbor accidentally pulled up the Swamp Milkweed the caterpillars were eating. I took them home and made a beautiful new home for them so I could watch them turn.

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Vermont, USA

Spotted on Oct 2, 2017
Submitted on Oct 2, 2017

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