Tag Archive | Queen Butterfly

A Queen is Born!

A Queen is Born!

The queen caterpillars we found on our milkweed plants have grown, pupated and are about to hatch. We see one of the chrysalids (butterfly pupa) turn from a spring green to a dark color signifying the impending birth of the adult butterfly. Soon the butterfly breaks free of the chrysalis, hangs on to the shell […]

Delightful Discovery Part 2

It is not long before one of the queen caterpillars spins a wad of silk on a twig and attaches its last set of pro-legs to the silky sac. ¬†¬†Hanging like a bat, the caterpillar sheds its skin and transforms into a lime green pupa called a chrysalis. It is in this chrysalis that the […]

Delightful Discovery!

My adorable wife Anne comes through the front door excitedly and announces that there are caterpillars on our milkweed plants, but they are not monarchs. She tells me they look similar but seem to be another species. I follow her to the corner of our house where a sickly milkweed plant is struggling to survive […]