An Amazing Video of a Monarch changing into a chrysalis

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Following the Stages of the Gluf Fritillary

     What can I say – I’ve been obsessed with capturing all of the stages of the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. My Passion Flower Vine is right outside my kitchen window. There have been many of the females laying eggs. There have been quite a few caterpillars that I have then enjoyed watching munch the leaves. I was lucky enough to see one attached and morphing into a chrysalis! I’ve read that most of the time they crawl away and you don’t see the chrysalis’.

     Well, as I was enjoying a cup of coffee and the cool this morning in my backyard, I was lucky enough to spy a butterfly that had just emerged and was drying by its chrysalis. It had crawled a good 25 feet from the Passion Flower Vine to attach itself to the wire! I saw its first flight and it landed on one of my Rose of Sharon plants and continued to dry. I hope you enjoy the following photos. All were taken in my Butterfly Garden.

Searching for a leaf to lay an egg

Searching for a leaf to lay an egg on

Gulf Fritillary Laying Eggs

Gulf Fritillary Laying Eggs

Resting in the midst of laying eggs

Resting in the midst of laying eggs

New Caterpillar with PassionVine

New Caterpillar with Passion Vine

Hungry gulf fritillary caterpillar on passion flower vine

Hungry gulf fritillary caterpillar on passion flower vine

Gulf Fritallary Caterpillar

Caterpillar attached and morphing into a chrysalis

GulfFritJustImerged

Saturday morning surprise! – This gulf fritillary butterfly and just emerged. It had crawled a good 10-12 feet from my Passion Flower Vine and attached itself to this wire!

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Empty Chrysalis

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly continuing to dry its new wings on a Rose of Sharon.

Our Monarchs Emerged on a warm November morning in North Texas!

Monarch about to Emerge

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

Monarch Butterfly emerges on Nov. 9,2012

New monarch 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 newly emerged on wire 11/10/12

Monarch - wings drying but now completely flat  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!

Monarch drying its wings

Second monarch drying its wings on false nettle.

newly emerged monarch on mistflower  Nov12,2012

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.