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Monarch Butterfly Chrysalides
Patty had so many monarchs that her milkweed looked decorated like a Christmas tree! She took these awesome photos of Emerging Monarch Butterflies:
Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis
This chrysalis is still forming- note the spirals on top.
Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis
Once the chrysalis is fully formed, its a soft green color with the truest metallic gold dots I've found in nature.
They tend to emerge in the morning.  You'll know the time is coming soon when the chrysalis appears translucent and you can begin to see the butterfly through it.
Then the chrysalis begins to open:
Once they emerge from their chrysalis, they need to hang upside-down to extend and dry their wings.
Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerges From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis

Monarch Life Cycle

Milkweed Host Plants

Compare Monarchs to other somewhat similar South Florida Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly "Birds and the Bees"

Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch Butterfly Emerging From Chrysalis
Monarch nectars on yellow buddlia
Newly Emerged Monarchs
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