When we came home from our Cape Cod vacation last week Jessica and Patrick found multiple monarch caterpillars on the milkweed in their yard. (Say that 10 times fast!) Having never seen a monarch caterpillar in person, I headed over two days later to meet the little buggers.
And colorful. I loved watching them munch away on the milkweed. They are truly fascinating creatures.
Jess and Patrick also saw a very green chrysalis. I love that rim of gold dots all around the edge.
When I went it had turned very dark.
And later that day, when Jessica got home from work, this beautiful monarch butterfly had emerged. You can still see the empty chrysalis behind him in the photo.
I’ll admit to not knowing much about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly so I did some googling to educate myself. This website has some cool photos of the monarch caterpillar as it becomes a chrysalis. And this one has some excellent information on creating a butterfly habitat.
The milkweed I planted never came up but I’m going to try again next year because this is a very cool thing.