Surprise Monarch!

Last Saturday morning, as I was picking up a small branch, I just happened to turn it the right way and saw a Monarch chrysalis hanging off the underside of one of the leaves. It looked viable, so I arranged the small branch on a bench, with the chrysalis hanging down properly.

When I checked on it Sunday morning, it had darkened, and I figured it would hatch by the time I got back from doing errands.

About an hour and a half later, it had opened, and it was a boy!

Here he is, pumping his wings up. When he opens his wings, you’ll be able to see the two large dots on his hindwings, easily identifying him as a male.

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