We had a Baby

Congratulations!  We had our first monarch baby of the year!

When I looked in on the chrysalis yesterday morning, I noticed this

monarch

When the monarch is ready to be born, the chrysalis will turn transparent and details of the wings become visible.

monarch

I took the chrysalis to work and placed it in a window with indirect sun.

monarch maternity ward

monarch maternity ward

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

monarch

and around noon we saw this

monarch

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.

monarch

monarch

At the end of the day, when its wings are dry and strong, we released it on some warm lantana.

monarch

By the way,

It’s a girl.

Congratulations!

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About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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12 Responses to We had a Baby

  1. aww… that’s awesome!! Congratulations!

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  2. Mom, that was fun to see but would you turn the screen upside down so it doesn’t poke the poor butterfly’s feet?

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  3. Annette says:

    how exciting! did you buy a kit or do they breed naturally there?

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  4. The Dancing Rider says:

    Congrats! This was so lovely! It’s really cool that they breed in your area. 🙂 Beautiful!

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  5. An amazing post, and beautiful photographs.

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  6. Wow, that is SO wonderful and I am SO jealous. We haven’t seen a single monarch caterpillar all year.

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  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    How special to see this miracle!

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