Saturday, September 8, 2007

Monarch: From caterpillar to a full fledged butterfly

While working in the yard, I came across this caterpillar that I had never seen before, and was really taken by the colors and the size (it was about 5 inches long).

Paige immediately named it "Stripey". Well, we placed Stripey in Paige's bug collector after I took some pictures and after dinner - we noticed that Stripey had started to make a cocoon! What do we have here????? Scmmrrrrrr.

The first picture was taken on August 26th, 2007, and the "release" happened today September 8th, 2007. 13 lucky days!

Click on the picture to advance forward....


  1. Hey Patrick,

    This has to be one of your top two or three entries to the Blog site since the very beginning! Great stuff....all the way around!


  2. Wow, considering there is some AMAZING content here, that's a big compliment! :-)

  3. Incredible. The ridges in the cocoon that were created when the caterpillar was still a caterpillar perfectly fit the wings that he develops later. How does he know?