- September 4, 2019 at 6:27 pm #418704
- September 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm #418705
Well this is fortuitous. It just so happens that this Monarch came out of chrysalis at noon today. The chrysalis is jade green until the final hours when it changes to being nearly transparent.
Chrysalis in change
Immediately after emerging
After an hour or so of drying it’s wings.
I left the room for 10 minutes and missed it emerging. I’ll have to try again tomorrow as there’s another chrysalis starting to change.
- September 4, 2019 at 7:40 pm #418710
What an amazing thing to witness Rob. Great set of images.
- September 5, 2019 at 11:34 am #418741
Great series Rob. Would love to see that in person. As beautiful as they are the name Monarch fits them well. Looking forward to seeing more of these from you.
- September 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm #418764
Wow! Thank you for sharing this Rob. Amazing to look at the transformation 🙂
- September 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm #418706
- September 4, 2019 at 7:42 pm #418711
- September 4, 2019 at 9:35 pm #418723
- September 5, 2019 at 11:43 am #418744
Has great markings. Do you know the name of it?
- September 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm #418766
Very beautiful Graham. Loving the colours! 🙂
- September 6, 2019 at 3:08 am #418802
Thank you Dahlia.
- September 5, 2019 at 11:31 am #418740
Like Rob this reply to David’s first post shows up at the bottom.
Beautiful shot. I wish we had Monarchs in our area.
- September 5, 2019 at 11:45 am #418745
Two pics of a Painted Lady from yesterday.
- September 5, 2019 at 11:46 am #418746
- September 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm #418771
- September 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm #418779
That’s a beautiful one David. We don’t have those here. Very interesting.
- September 5, 2019 at 6:39 pm #418780
Wow! Fantastic shots David. I don’t see flowers so not after nectar. Do you know if that’s a host plant it’s on? Maybe laying eggs?
- September 6, 2019 at 1:02 am #418794
- September 6, 2019 at 12:34 am #418793
I love the second image, David! Such a cool perspective.
- September 21, 2019 at 2:08 am #419978
- September 5, 2019 at 6:41 pm #418781
I’ve been raising Monarchs along with others in the Windsor/Essex County area of southern Ontario. We’re doing this in the hopes of raising the numbers in the wild. They only lay eggs on the milkweed plant. This is the only food the caterpillars will eat and a lot of milkweed has been destroyed over the years. Raising the caterpillars indoors keeps them away from predators which increases the surviving percentage.
This Monarch emerged from its chrysalis around noon today. The sequence shown here takes less than a minute. At this point the wings have not yet been inflated.
- September 5, 2019 at 6:54 pm #418784
Love it! Great job Rob. Tomorrow we’re driving down to Brookings for a Western Monarch festival on Saturday. And coincidentally they’ve had a bit of a Monarch population explosion there recently.
Update: No Monarchs have showed up to take advantage of the Milkweed we planted last spring. 🙂 Other pollinators are using it though. We only planted eight. Four Showy and four Narrowleaf. But they’ve already tripled that number on their own.
- September 6, 2019 at 2:33 pm #418842
Jaw droppingly gorgeous work Rob , thanks for posting.
- September 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm #418786
My trucks bumper.
- September 6, 2019 at 1:13 am #418795
I am enjoying viewing this throwdown. Sadly, we don’t get Monarchs where we live. However, we had a surprise in our curly willow this spring, in the form of some odd looking caterpillars that we soon discovered to be Mourning Cloaks. We decided to take them in (to control the destruction on the willow and observe them as they went through their changes). I was slightly horrified to learn that they molt several times before making their chrysalis. It was fascinating, watching them eat, grow and change. Here are some shots showing their life cycle (as much as we saw of it):
- September 6, 2019 at 10:00 am #418819
Great series Leanne. That is so cool that you and your family got to see the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. And to top it off it was a Mourning Cloak. An exceptionally beautiful butterfly in my book.
- September 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm #420004
- September 23, 2019 at 8:32 pm #420166
Simply amazing. At the Monarch festival we recently attended down in Brookings Carol got to watch that in person. She just happened to be up on the stage where they had butterflies and caterpillars in mesh enclosures when a caterpillar changed to chrysalis. It was crowded up there so I was walking Cider around answering questions about what kind of dog he is. 🙂
Thanks for posting that video. It’s something special that not many of us get to see.
- September 6, 2019 at 10:31 am #418823
Very nice series Leanne. The whole process is interesting isn’t it. They do like to crawl on your finger just after emerging. Odd that they’re so skittish afterwards. Love the image with you daughter.
- September 21, 2019 at 3:32 pm #420003
Thanks Rob. My daughter said is was tasting her! You can see the proboscis “probing” her finger. They finally made their way to trees in our yard. The Manitoba Maple was a favourite. They appear every once in awhile and my youngest swears they are the same ones we “raised” saying hello.
- September 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm #418843
- September 6, 2019 at 3:37 pm #418852
Two great shots Pat. Where do you live?…I’ve never seen either of these. Do you know what they are called?
- September 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm #418854
Hi Rob , i live in n.ireland (belfast)
Top one is called a common blue , seen loads this year
photo 2 is a Painted lady
This place is literally out my sisters back yard ( i’m very lucky ) 😉
- September 6, 2019 at 5:40 pm #418863
Thanks for the link Pat. Yes you are very lucky if you have all of those around you. We visited Belfast a few years ago on a circle tour of the island. Lovely country and wonderful folks. We’ll be back again, but that trip will be in a car on our own time, so we can stop and talk to the fairies if we like. 😉
- September 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm #418844
- September 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm #418851
Love both of these P71. I’ve had quite a bit fun photographing butterflies this year. Hope you had fun too. 🙂
- September 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm #418855
- September 6, 2019 at 4:41 pm #418859
Micropterix calthella, the marsh marigold moth
Can just about see these little ones with naked eye
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- September 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm #418864
So here goes one more from yesterday. Not a lot of variety from me. I’ll have to dig through so oldies.
If you haven’t watched one emerge then you may not have seen how the wings are very small and shriveled up. After a couple of minutes to rest up from the struggle of getting out they begin to pump fluids from the abdomen out though veins in the wings. The whole process takes about two minutes at most.
- September 12, 2019 at 8:39 am #419274
- September 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm #419307
- September 13, 2019 at 10:13 pm #419378
I like the light/dark contrast of the wings, beautiful background.
- September 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm #419309
- September 13, 2019 at 10:11 pm #419377
- September 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm #419419
That’s pretty clever Dave, cool shot!
- September 15, 2019 at 10:36 am #419469
Thanks Diane. Shot at 1/2000 to stop the motion. Went back and tried to get one showing just a bit of motion using 1/1600 and 1/1250 but didn’t even get one keeper. It’s supposed to be rainy for the next four days so any new butterfly pics are on hold.
- September 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm #419420
- September 15, 2019 at 10:48 am #419470
We don’t have those around here. It’s beautiful. Was the ground, or rock, it’s on wet? I ask because to ingest minerals butterflies “puddle.” They land on wet ground, animal carcasses and animal and bird poop to get nutrients nectar doesn’t provide.
I’ve learned a number of strange facts about butterflies this year after putting in the butterfly garden and reading about them. 🙂
- September 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm #419489
Strangely it was a small strip of old tarmac in-between the grass and wild flowers, I was parked in a lay-by in a grass verge in the forest. It may well have been wet, as I remember the grass was wet in places. I never knew that about them landing on wet ground, and other things. I’ve seen them settle on brick, and old logs, and always assumed to was to get some heat.
pic from a couple of years back ..
- September 19, 2019 at 6:58 am #419819JasenkaGKeymaster
This one is so beautiful, I haven’t seen this species for a very long time!
- September 17, 2019 at 12:08 am #419615
Major League Monarch.
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- September 18, 2019 at 4:09 pm #419773
They get into some odd places!
- September 18, 2019 at 4:09 pm #419774
- September 19, 2019 at 10:06 am #419834
I really like how the light gives the wings a wonderful glowing effect here. Would love to see one of these in person.
- September 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm #419870
Before I started taking pictures of them this year I did not realize how furry some butterflies are.
- September 21, 2019 at 3:50 pm #420008
- September 23, 2019 at 8:38 pm #420170
The cabbage white is supposed to be common in our area but I’ve seen only one.
- September 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm #420010
They’re on the fallen apples from the apple tree …
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- September 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm #420171
“Our” Painted Ladies use the same food source in our yard. 🙂
- September 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm #420012
And one I’ve never seen before, a Speckled Woods …
these are very ‘flighty’, and I had to wait ages for it to settle!
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- September 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm #420172
Looks similar to our Common Wood Nymph.
- September 25, 2019 at 10:04 am #420268
Another Painted Lady. Only butterfly left in the garden. The Tall Verbena is the only flower I’ve seen them on.
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