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 

14 comments:

  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

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  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!

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

    beautiful flowers as well

    Happy T day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  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 😊

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  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

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  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!

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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

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  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!

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

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

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