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19 days ago (2019-08-29 17:19:42)

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'Stages of Life'

This Monarch caterpillar literally hatched right in front of me the other day, resulting in one cool & very lucky shot. The ensuing photo basically shows the entire life cycle of a Monarch butterfly (minus the egg). I planted swamp milkweed in our backyard when we moved in two years ago, which is the Monarch's host plant. I hoped the Monarchs would find it, maybe lay some eggs, and I could let the cycle-of-life play out naturally. Find it they did, but the caterpillars & especially chrysalises were meeting the fate of some unknown predator. I started bringing the large caterpillars into an enclosure I constructed to complete their metamorphosis out of harm's way. So far, we've released 15 butterflies this year, and currently have 39 chrysalises hanging ready-to-hatch. These migratory butterflies will be begin their 2,500-mile journey to Mexico in a few weeks. They are the only insect to complete such a long-scale migration, and it's an indescribable feeling every time I'm able to release one!
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the of i in to a and chrysalises caterpillars some one out it find complete this monarch an their they butterflies insect only such are weeks few long-scale mexico migration stages journey -mile begin be indescribable will migratory these ready-to-hatch hanging have currently year released we've it's i'm feeling thisworld wanderlust officialfstoppers ilovetravel butterfliesofinstagram travelblogger travelersnotebook ig thisiscle amazingphotohunter cleveland globetrotter clevelanddotcom naturephotography ohio myohioadventure amazingdestinations amazingplaces clevelandgram every hikerlife time so able release bestplacestogo wildlifephotography earthofficial ohioexplored shotz midwestliving fifty shades nature naturalohio jawdroppingshots ohiogram splendid far large way photo when backyard our milkweed swamp planted egg minus butterfly cycle life entire shows basically ensuing moved shot lucky very cool resulting day other me front right hatched literally caterpillar life' we two harm's naturally metamorphosis constructed enclosure into bringing started predator unknown fate meeting were especially but did play years hoped ago which is monarch's host plant monarchs cycle-of-life would maybe lay eggs could let monarchbutterfly


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runsnaprun Profile
@runsnaprun posted 19 days ago

Way cool!! And glad you were around to witness it.๐Ÿ‘Œ

kylelanzerphoto Profile
@kylelanzerphoto posted 18 days ago

So cool ๐Ÿ‘

rems_photoz Profile
@rems_photoz posted 18 days ago

Nice shot. Good luck with your bugs. We did the same thing last year. We let go around 40. Was hoping to do better this year but only released 9. We had a bad case of those red eyed flies and the Black Death. We plan on quarantine some of our milkweed plants next year.

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@arielohio posted 18 days ago

What a lucky catch!! Wow ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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@dark.room.denizen posted 18 days ago

The luck and skill it took to get this shot ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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@mojgan.yavar posted 18 days ago

๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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@figman posted 18 days ago

Great capture ๐Ÿ™

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@goodinoh posted 18 days ago

Awesome!

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@beauty_gazer posted 18 days ago

This is amazing!!

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@kicz.a posted 18 days ago

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@bpchua_photography posted 17 days ago

Beautiful shot

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@thatboikc posted 17 days ago

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@m.f.7.509 posted 15 days ago

Beautiful boy good luck โค๏ธ

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@m.f.7.509 posted 15 days ago

Very good

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@ahlams_beauty posted 14 days ago

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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@anne.hydock_jhilburn posted 14 days ago

Wow Gabe, what a cool story and amazing photo! I love butterflies!

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@sun_ece posted 10 days ago

Wow

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@marijose.rabagosanabrais posted 6 days ago

๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ™ŒBeautiful post! Every year we have the visit of Monarch butterflies that come to our backyard to lay their eggs in our milk weed plants, but in spite that we had a lot of caterpillars, we never saw the chrysalis. ๐Ÿ˜”

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@matthewstudebaker posted 5 days ago

Very cool

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@carasani posted 3 days ago

@ratrower ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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