on a picture for a close-up view.
the day we have been waiting for as your pupae is no longer
green! Yesterday the chrysalis started to turn a darker color
and by this morning you could clearly see the coloration of
an adult butterfly inside. Your butterfly waited until all was
quiet and there was plenty of light and some warmth of the new
day and then...
it pushed its pupa skin open and began to emerge. Take a minute
to watch the movie which shows exactly what was happening during
the two minutes it took to push out of its clear shell and begin
to pump up its wings with the extra fluid in its abdomen. Its
pupa is designed to hold the butterfly in just the right position
to ensure that its wings begin to enlarge before it can eclose
which is the high brow term for escaping from its chrysalis.
was finished its wings were very wet and floppy and it just
wanted to hang upside down to dry out and make sure that its
wings were just right. It hung there for about 30 minutes in
the morning sun, its colors were very bright, Picture #2. We
took a few pictures of its wings so you could see the colored
scales. You have probably heard that touching a butterflies
wings and removing the scales can stop it from ever flying...That
is not entirely true. Monarchs have pretty
strong wings and can be handled but many butterflies will break
their wings easily and you should not hold the delicate inner surfaces of their wings. Always
let the butterfly come to you! A little nectar usually does
the trick. Nobody likes being grabbed anyway.
your butterfly on a flowering plant and it began to gently flap
its wings. Within a few minutes it took its first flight towards
a bunch of newly eclosed Monarchs some of whom were brothers
and sisters and instantly became part of their happy group.
They played and chased each other around our gardens for hours,
sipped some nectar from our flowers and then were off in search
of new places to explore. Our Farm is in South Florida and scientists
have determined that a Monarch can with favorable winds travel
hundreds of miles in one day. So if you plant some milkweed
and see a very beautiful Monarch in your backyard look carefully
it may be yours or quite possible one of its children. Planting
just one seed can change the world and bring this experience
to your backyard.
a moment and get some seeds or small plants to enjoy Nature's
miracles and protect this experience for others who need you
to help the Monarchs reach their homes too.
acknowledge the important work so many do to assist Native Creatures
and thank each of them and you for your time and the gift of
Nature's Miracles you provide to others you may never meet.
Every seed you plant is appreciated. You make a difference.
on Completing The Monarch Lifecycle
would like you to have a special Gift
send a business sized self addressed, stamped envelope to:
Live Monarch Foundation - LIFECYCLE AWARD
3003-C8 Yamato Road #1015
Boca Raton, Florida 33434
will include a certificate, seeds, lifecycle information sheet
and information on our Foundation. If possible please include
a donation to help offset the cost of providing this service
and we will include extra seeds too. We have Southern Milkweed,
Northern Milkweed and Mixed seeds, be sure to request the type
you want. Suggested
donation is $3
We hope to have inspired you to take action
and hope to include your name, accomplishments and ideas to
use this link for more ideas on how you can help the Monarchs.
link will give you access to Free seeds, Milkweed plants, and
important plant care information.
Monarch Foundation brings you this free learning experience
and hope you will share your, lessons with others and help Butterflies
in your area by inspiring others to take action and plant seeds
for their caterpillar children. Please take advantage of our
Free Seed Program , our
low cost plants and butterfly rearing supplies and please tell
others about this online pet adventure!