Instead, this summer we've simply observed the numerous caterpillars and occasional butterflies outside. The caterpillars have done well as they devour our milkweeds and work through their instars. But when it comes time to J-hook, they disappear. And as such, we have not been able to find any chrysalis ... until today. I spotted a chrysalis hanging under our deck. I know that Monarch caterpillars can crawl quite a distance before finding a place to J-hook. But this one apparently did more climbing than crawling.
Unfortunately, as you can see in the right-hand close-up portion of the photograph, I do not think we'll be seeing a butterfly emerge here. The chrysalis appears somewhat wrinkled, and the inside looks more brown than orange.
Latitude: 40.9 Longitude: -77.8
Observed by: R. Timothy
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