Thursday, March 05, 2009

Monarchs, Monarchs Everywhere

Judi has released scores of Monarchs over the last couple of months. Here's a crowd of caterpillars devouring a milkweed (remember you can click on any of these pictures to see a large version):

Mass of Monarch Caterpillars

Some of the favorite places for the caterpillars to forms chrysalises are the roofs of the mesh enclosures that Judi uses to protect them:

Lotsof Monarch Chrysalises

When chrysalises can't be left in their original locations, for whatever reason, they are transferred to skewers, and the butterflies emerge there, too:

Chrysalises and Emerged Butterflies

Four newly emerged Monarchs hanging in a row:

Four Hanging Monarchs

And finally, I like this picture of a male Monarch (look on the lower wings -- see that black dot in the veining on each side? That's how you know it's male) on Judi's rainbow jammies:

Male Monarch on Judis Nightgown



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