Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chrysalis in July


I am thrilled beyond words to be finding gorgeous chrysalises dotted here and there now, around the garden.



When the larvae are in this state, no longer active, quiet and seemingly lifeless, it takes but a few short hours…


 to turn into this. These are nearly impossible to find even though they are about an inch in length. They blend so well with the vegetation they can vanish in front of your very eyes. Who needs a Christmas tree when you can have a butterfly bush! My only regret is that I didn't just sit there to watch it unfold with my eyes, maybe I'll be luckier in the future.


In about 10 days time butterflies should emerge. THIS is EXCITING!!!

Thank you for staying tuned to the Butterfly channel, xo Ro

20 comments:

  1. Ooooh! Definitely exciting!!! Can't wait for the next update :)

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  2. I have 10 days marked on my calendar but I go out and look several times a day :) I need a butterfly cam in my studio, it's hard to focus!

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    1. Look at what these daring folks did. Would make them easier to observe, I suppose!

      http://texasbutterflyranch.com/2011/07/31/butterfly-faq-is-relocating-a-monarch-chrysalis-ok-yes-and-heres-tips-on-how-to-handle-them-with-care/

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    2. I have seen this done Jean, still I think I'm going to try the natural route this time and see how it all "unfolds". Thank you for the link!

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  3. I am really enjoying your butterfly channel & excited for you to be observing the metamorphosis!!! Your recent silver butterflies are fantastic!!! xoxoxo

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  4. Thank you Priscilla, the milkweed I planted are all now just sticks and I'm noticing ever tiny hairlike caterpillars on them, I should have planted 50 plants! Thank you on the silver work, I had fun dreaming this up, it's hard to think about making anything else right now :)

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  5. SNORT. butterfly cam.
    [any action, yet??]

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  6. I had to bring one chrysilis into my studio as ants were on it.. BLECK ANTS.. so I shushed them off and I'm hoping all is okay inside, I'll keep you posted, naturally I'm excited!

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