'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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North Ridgeville, Ohio 📷 Photo location
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Way cool!! And glad you were around to witness it.👌
So cool 👍
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.
What a lucky catch!! Wow 😍😍
The luck and skill it took to get this shot 👏👏
Great capture 🙏
This is amazing!!
Me changing outfits instead of addressing my flaws
Beautiful boy good luck ❤️
Wow Gabe, what a cool story and amazing photo! I love butterflies!
😍 🙌Beautiful 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. 😔