Congratulations! We had our first monarch baby of the year!
When I looked in on the chrysalis yesterday morning, I noticed this
When the monarch is ready to be born, the chrysalis will turn transparent and details of the wings become visible.
I took the chrysalis to work and placed it in a window with indirect sun.
I added a small piece of paper towel and some screening underneath the chrysalis. The chrysalis and butterfly contain a small amount of fluid and when the chrysalis opens, the paper towel will absorb it. The screening gives the caterpillar some footing if it falls from the stick and also separates the wet paper towel from the butterfly.
I run a clean, taut maternity ward.
All morning we kept checking
and around noon we saw this
Once the chrysalis cracks open, the butterfly will emerge quickly and hang to slowly get its wings open and dry.
In a couple of hours, a drier and larger butterfly begins moving around.
At the end of the day, when its wings are dry and strong, we released it on some warm lantana.
By the way,
It’s a girl.