It is so amazing to see a monarch visible inside of its chrysalis shortly before it is to emerge! I snapped this photo about an hour before it arrived. I missed the actual event, but this was shortly after it emerged! Its wings are folded and still wet.
Monarch Butterfly emerges on Nov. 9,2012
New monarch on Nov. 9,2012
Then the next day 2 more arrived! They emerged about the same time as the butterfly did yesterday morning. They know exactly when is the perfect time to emerge.
Monarch newly emerged on wire 11/10/12
Monarch – wings drying but not folded any longer.
Here is the 3rd one I discovered drying its wings! What a nice birthday surprise for me! Yes, can you believe this occured on a Saturday and it was also my birthday! In addition, it was about a year ago when I started planting my butterfly garden to host and nurture butterflies in our backyard!
Second monarch drying its wings on false nettle.
About two hours after emerging – monarch on mistflower Nov 10,2012.
It took about four to five hours for their wings to dry before they flew up into the trees.