Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Where do they go?

While observing all the wicked cool residents of Milkweed City, I began to wonder: where do the many Monarch caterpillars go to metamorphize into butterflies? In all the 12 years I've lived here, I'd never seen a chrysalis. Well, ask and you shall recieve! Walking past my Big Bluestem grass just a couple days after my ponderings, here it was!
Wow! LOOK at that! You can see the beautiful butterfly wings almost fully developed, and the "vessel" has this weird "zipper-looking" row of "lights" on it.
Reminds me of that dude on the Picard genre of Star Trek...Giordi!

I checked again the very next day...transition complete!
I love nature! :)


Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Lisa, that is so cool! I haven't seen a chrysalis either, but you can bet I'm gong to go check! Love little and big bluestem. And Jean-Luc Picard (hey now!) but that's a discussion for another day.

lisa said...

The bluestems sure are nice grasses, I'm glad they serve as cover for the metamorphasis. Picard discussion? I take it you're a die-hard Trekkie? :)

Anonymous said...

Holy cow, I was just out tromping around in the bluestem yesterday!
Who knew such treasures lurked there?!
Once again you amaze me with your talent for obsevation!
Awesome shot.

meemsnyc said...

That is so awesome! What a treat to see that in your yard!

lisa said...

V-Thank you! I was very lucky to spot it, and I pay even more attention now!

Meemsnyc-I was thrilled! (Especially right after wondering why I'd never seen one despite so much caterpillar activity...kinda freaky :)

troutbirder said...

Wow! Double wow! Your right Lisa. Nature has the most amazing sights.

lisa said...

Makes me happy to be "wandering aimlessly" through the yard :)