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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8501053

Unbelievably quick too! Started off like this.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:26 PM

Post #8501055

I noticed some green on the bottom and ran in to get my camera. In about 30 seconds, it was already turning green!

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:27 PM

Post #8501058

Continued...

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:28 PM

Post #8501060


Continued

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:29 PM

Post #8501063

Continued

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:31 PM

Post #8501065

Continued - body part about to pop off!

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:34 PM

Post #8501070

Loses body part..possibly the rear section, looked like the head.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:39 PM

Post #8501075

Full chrysalis, but still wet.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2011
10:44 PM

Post #8501079

I will take another picture tomorrow of the hardened chrysalis. I have been watching for this for a long time, and this is the first one I have seen changing forms. I was amazed how much movement was taking place during the change. It was like the cat was pulling up a pair of pants and then got stuck at the end and part of the body popped right off! I found 3 others today, but they had already changed forms when I discovered them. My milkweed held out and they all made it!

Great day in the back yard!

Russell

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2011
7:30 AM

Post #8501579

Great day indeed! Thanks Russell for sharing those pics. Wonderful transitioning phase!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8501731

Isn't is amazing when you get to watch it? Love the Monarch. Ten days from now it will emerge a beautiful butterfly...God does good work.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 17, 2011
9:19 AM

Post #8501795

Sheila, it was amazing! I have never caught one in action until yesterday. It took about 3 minutes from start to finish. All of the blooms in the yard will be welcome food for our new traveler.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 21, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8510723

Congrats on catching that! Hope you get to see one eclose too.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8512091

I am definitely watching them...darn work gets in the way, though..LOL.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 21, 2011
6:52 PM

Post #8512295

It's a joy to be able to do that, Russell. I was lucky enough to watch Gulf Fritilleray cat. transformation. It's magical!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2011
10:11 PM

Post #8514497

In about 5 days you should see the chrysalis you first posted turn black and mid morning will emerge in a blink of an eye.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8514873

Look at how beautiful that chrysalis is!

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 24, 2011
10:32 AM

Post #8517456

I have found 2 newly eclosed monarchs in the last 2 days. I don't know where either one came from - they were well hidden! I will keep an eye on the others and hope to see that magical transformation some time soon.

I was looking at my dill today and was delighted to see 10-15 tiny BST cats crawling on the leaves. Things are really heating up in South Texas!

Russell

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 24, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8517880

That's so exciting Russell! Happy for you.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 24, 2011
3:48 PM

Post #8518007

Great, hope you get to see the transformation too.
cedar18
Lula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
3:13 AM

Post #8533769

Russell, what a wonderful sequence of photos and such a great opportunity for you to see and share. Is there a follow up of the glorious conclusion?

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8533841

I had 5 monarch emerge on 4/25/11 just before work. I went out to look at them and noticed that they had all turned clear. I took a shower and 3 of them had eclosed already.

Here is a picture just before the eclose.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2011
4:40 AM

Post #8533842

This one was in the process, but I missed the very beginning of the process.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2011
4:43 AM

Post #8533843

And they all hung on to the shell of the chrysalis or just beside it like this one. I already have a new batch of cats munching on the milkweed! Yesterday I caught a wasp eating one of the cats...bad wasp!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8534036

Great shots Yakmon!! You only missed by a few seconds it is so quick in emerging.
cedar18
Lula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2011
8:47 AM

Post #8534463

Thanks for sharing Russell. A wonderful sight.
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2011
7:28 PM

Post #8540424

LOVE the photos,,thanks for sharing the miracle.

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2011
7:38 PM

Post #8553619

What awesome photos. Thanks for sharing...I really have enjoyed looking at them.

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2011
9:12 PM

Post #8553820

Good going! When I volunteer at the museum and I see one about to transform, I'll grab whoever is around and make them watch. Well, they usually don't have to be coerced. But I'll grab patrons, volunteers, anybody - and they all agree it's a miracle to watch. I've had people say it's a "once in a lifetime" experience for them. I've seen it many times now, but like I tell people, "It never gets old!" Glad you got to see it - I felt like it took forever for me to see one make a chrysalis for the first time.

Melanie

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2011
9:46 PM

Post #8553853

mellielong wrote: "It never gets old!" Glad you got to see it - I felt like it took forever for me to see one make a chrysalis for the first time.

Melanie


So true!
sandhillslover
West End, NC

May 14, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8562554

Wonderful pictures and stories! Thanks for sharing them. My six year old granddaughter lives with us and she and I are following a Monarch that just made its chrysalis late yesterday and this morning. We were given the caterpillar by a friend, along with two large stalks of milkweed that we kept in a vase. It was great to see how quickly it devoured the leaves and grew! I am also growing milkweed plants from seed and planting them as they get big enough to make it outside, but am glad we got to experience this on "borrowed" supplies, before w had enough of our own. When it emerges, is there a way to tell if it is female or male? We want to know whether its name should be Monty or Monica before we release it. Thanks!

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 14, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8562649

Not sure about sexing the Monarchs...maybe Dale will chime in. It is really cool to watch them change forms and emerge as a fully developed adult!

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 14, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8562687

Male Monarchs have scent glands that appear as two black dots on each lower wing. Females lack these. Does anyone have a good photo to demonstrate?

Melanie

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2011
7:18 AM

Post #8563948

Yep...here is the male..see the distinct black dot on the lower wing?

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2011
7:19 AM

Post #8563950

They are absent from the females.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8563965

This is the underside of a Monarch's wing, but you can still tell the difference in male and female. The top one is female, with straight even cell markings. The lower one you can see a widening of the black cell edge where the dot is on the dorsal side.

It is also a way to tell the sex inside the chrysalis, but I don't have the pics close enough for that. Nor do I feel I need to know in advance LOL!

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 15, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8564450

LOL...sonograms for the butterflies to be? That would take all of the fun out of it! I just had another monarch eclose today. They have been busy lately.

Russell

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 15, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8564595

I need some more training to differentiate those. But thanks Sheila.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8565819

LOL! No no sonagram needed. I don't worry about the sexing but here is the method if you are interested. http://monarchwatch.org/biology/sexing.htm

beebonnet

beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8567325

Wow---I'll take your word for it, Sheila. All dots and lines seem the same to me.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8567478

LOL! ;-)
sandhillslover
West End, NC

May 30, 2011
9:34 AM

Post #8596798

It's a BOY! You are all so kind to help me learn this stuff! Wow, and there is sooo much to learn! I am thrilled to have found this site and each of you, Amy

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 30, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8597254

We are thrilled to have enlisted another that cares about our butterflies!

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8597267

Very nice! Good job! My milkweed has recovered since all of the cats munched it earlier this spring. I have planted more and should be having some more visitors soon. Can't wait for their return trip.

Welcome aboard.

Russell

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