Had the most amazing experience, thanks to a dear friend who bought me one of the chrysalis she hatches with her children to watch and release.
I knew it was time when the chrysalis turned completely black. Out popped a beautiful tiny butterfly that I watched grow before my eyes, eventually testing its new wings.
After awhile, I took it outside, placed it in the lantana and opened the lid of the netting; it stayed on the top while its head and front legs grew a bit more.
Turning its head and looking around, it left and fluttered leisurely around the yard, checking out its surroundings and food sources.
I have more than one monarch in my yard, but I like to think one of these beautiful one is my "baby" that I was privileged to watch. AWESOME!!!!!
Latitude: 41.3 Longitude: -74.5
Observed by: mary ellen
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