Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Pictures of Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Caterpillars on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and Chrysalis on the Deck

The children love counting the dozens of Monarch Butterfly caterpillars growing and crawling all over the Butterfly Weed.
The chrysalis of the Monarch Butterfly is something beautiful to behold. A photograph cannot capture the shiny translucence of it, which is truly breathtaking.

Follow-up: the Monarch Butterfly emerges from its chrysalis.


Colleen said...

How beautiful. I've been researching plants to attract butterflies. I can't wait to get some in the ground and watch the transformation.

joco said...


Tell me about this chrysalis: is that in your own garden or on a butterfly farm?

It must be exciting to see it break open and produce the end product.

Monarchs look so wonderful that I wish I could see one for real some time.

Our UK butterflies are pretty, but not quite as gorgeous as yours.

heirloomgardener said...


This is in my own garden. We actually got to see the butterfly too and I'll post the pictures soon.

-Heirloom Gardener

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