Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Monarch butterfly opening.

Hello Tuesday Friends!!
I'm a bit late today as I was waiting on butterflies to make their appearance!

As you can see they have finally shown up.  Here's the photo after the wings were fully developed...
I dropped the phone while filming  😓
We had another open up yesterday and I knew the other two would open today so I waited to try and catch it happening. In the 4 years I've raised Monarchs, this is the first year I've gotten to watch the opening. Unfortunately the other one was deformed and didn't make it 😢😢😢
Like I said before this year has been a learning year for sure. 
Here is yesterdays butterfly....
 I have a video of him feeding but I can't get it to load for some reason. My computer doesn't like me today . 

It appears to be a very active day with the caterpillars too.  
I have three cages that have cats with the J-hook formation and they are turning into Chrysalis ...

If they all turn today that will be 17 new Chrysalis and I have 7  that have already turned. 
So now that the butterfly business has been documented I can get this post done and get back outside to work.  I have flowers that need planting :) 
Here's what's blooming today...

...at least a few of them anyhow ♥ 
I did take the time to sketch out a butterfly on paper. I will paint it and fussy cut it out to use in a collage. 
So that's what's happening in my world this week . So don't forget to check out the other great post at 


  1. How wonderful to be able to see a butterfly emerging from the cocoon, thanks for sharing the video and the photos, BIG wow. It was surely a lot of work getting them so far, well done. Love the butterfly sketch you made, too. Have a good week and happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Love, love, love all your butterfly photos with their stages of development. Thanks! I have a couple of coneflower blooms now. 2 of my 3 plants survived the winter and both plants have buds :)

    Happy T Tuesday!

  3. Lots of activity in your butterfly /caterpillar world and can imagine the excitement

    beautiful flowers as well

    Happy T day

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Oh my, your butterfly photos and news is amazing, how exciting it must have been to watch them emerge with their beautiful wings! I love that you have captured them in your artwork too and can't wait to see the finished piece after you have worked your magic 😀. Such pretty flowers in your garden too! Happy T Day! J 😊

  5. I would have been watching as well, what a magical moment it must have been to see the butterflies for the first time.
    Super flower photos as well.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  6. wow-that literally gave me goosebumps. What an amazing and awesome work of nature to behold! Your flowers are looking really beautiful too. Gotta love Spring! Happy T day!

  7. You are a butterfly queen! How cool. Glad you shared for certain. Hugs-Erika

  8. How wonderful!! What a great thing to do to help save so many of these gorgeous pollinators.

  9. My sincere apologies. After I got home and sat down at my computer, I promptly fell asleep in the chair. Just now woke up.

    What a joy to see the butterflies come into the world. Nature is wonderful, isn't it?

    Your flowers are gorgeous. My peonies are gone already. They only lasted about four days. I was SO disappointed. They may have been blooming while I was gone, but now they are gone and I haven't had a chance to enjoy any of them.

    I still haven't started my garden, but hope to buy some seeds and herbs later in the week. I see you are still planting your garden, too, so that gives me hope.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your butterfly drawing. I also am truly impressed with the background papers behind it. And I got a chuckle out of that yarn inspired coffee mug.

    Thanks for sharing your butterflies, your art, and your flowers with us, as well as your coffee mug for T this Tuesday.

  10. Gosh Carole what an experience.... Thank you so much for sharing it for T ! Hugs! deb

  11. What an amazing video, Carol. It just took my breath away. I hope your phone is okay. Sorry about the butterflies that didn't survive :-(

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  12. The butterfly emerging in the video is amazing! You have coneflowers already? Yay! Well, I think the butterflies stole this post. CH cut our butterfly bushes back so much that they are having a hard time coming back and we lost a couple of crepe myrtles over the winter... maybe that will mean less Japanese beetles! Good Morning!

  13. Whata fabulous post! So goo to see your plants and Yay! for the butterflies ! Belated Happy T Day! Chrisx

  14. So cool that you're doing this. Monarchs rule!