From the time the Monarch caterpillar lays its egg on a milkweed leaf
and grows to become a butterfly is approximately one month.
After the egg hatches, the caterpillar (or cat for short) becomes an eating machine. Starting out as barely visible, the cat grows
When the cat has completed its cycle as a caterpillar, it will find a suitable spot to rest before making its chrysalis.
This is the classic ‘J’ formation that signals the cat is done with its caterpillar days and is preparing itself for transformation. The caterpillar may stay in this position for a couple of hours to a couple of days.
When the time is right, the cat then begins to shed its skin revealing its cocoon or chrysalis. This process is amazing to see and there are several you tube videos out there if you want to look it up.
The end product is a beautiful green chrysalis,
a secure home for the monarch to transform
decorated with a mysterious gold band distinctive only to the monarch chrysalis.
nature is so amazing.