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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two Beauties Are Here... And Flying On the Clouds

Yesterday one of the monarchs finally emerged from the chrysalis.



After mom finished work, we released the beauty. Mom was worried about carrying the cage outside because the bottom was floppy. She didn't want the milkweed to fall and water spilling all over the place. I gave her one of my Arabic books and she placed the book under the cage. We carried the cage outside so we could begin the releasing ceremony.







The monarch flew freely into our garden and hung out on some flowers. She sipped nectar and is probably headed for Mexico or will make her journey to Mexico. I like to think that's where she will fly off to with the other Monarchs that hibernate there for the winter.


This morning when I woke up, I saw the 2nd chrysalis was black. I could see the Monarch wing pressing against the sack. It was breathtaking.


A few hours later, the second beauty was finally here!





Mom released her while I was coming home from a job interview. My guess is, the second monarch did the same thing as the first Monarch. She hung out on milkweed, sipped nectar from the flowers, then made her way to Mexico.

When mom was cooking dinner on the grill, we saw what happened to one of the caterpillars. He must have formed his chrysalis between the tank and the metal. His wings were deformed because he didn't have the space to expand his wings normally.


We released him, he pooped on mom. My guess is he will die tonight. Sad, but it's nature.

This one is beginning to look like how the 2nd one looked this morning. Should be here tomorrow!

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  1. It's such a miracle, Jessica Marie. I can't fathom it. It must be very satisfying for you to bring those delicate little creatures to maturity and watch them take off for Mexico or parts unknown. I wish them well.

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    1. Hi Shady!

      I'm really enjoying this. Now that we have caterpillars again, I can't wait to see the miracles happen again! :)

      The Monarchs are an endangered species. The trees they flock to in Mexico and South America for the winter are being cut down for deforestation. It's so sad and I wish people would leave nature alone.

      I'll be writing a poem about this beauty and their travels. ^_^

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  2. That's too bad about the third one. We live in the woods and have observed a lot of nature's brutality over the years. You're right, he probably won't make it. But for someone, he's dinner. The Circle of Life ain't always pretty or just but it is a circle.

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    1. I think it's amazing that the third one survived at all. Mom was grilling steaks the other night and there was a small grill fire. Everything was okay, though, and apparently the third one was as well. Mom was grilling last night and I'm not sure how she noticed the butterfly, but she did.

      That's so true. When I was in college, I took an animal ethics course. There was an article we had to read about a group of activists that wanted to sue people for interfering with nature. It was interesting. The article is called "Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce" by Mark Sagoff.

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  3. Oops, had lazy LJ problems, when all I wanted really to say is that it's wonderful your butterflies emerged! ^_^ All the Russian Iranian stuff I didn't have to explain - see, I was going to tell you of the Pravda reports I'd just watched on Obama's workings with Iran, detailing how uranium can be found in nature but plutonium cannot - it's manmade. I've mostly just been steadily analysing the humour of the 19th century drama today.

    Today is the day I go to Immaculata to perform in its symphony. I'm stressed about it mostly since my reeds are jokes - but Matt and Ian have been doing their best to ease my concerns.

    Have a good day!

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    1. Thank you! Many people were thankful to see me back after my long hiatus after that 2008 car accident.

      XD; I played the Russian expert today, though that is more Matt's domain.

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  4. That didn't seem to take very long for the butterflies to emerge.

    Having trouble trying to publish this...

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    1. I was surprised too! I was expecting 2 weeks. It took 10 days.

      Claire had that issue too. Hmmm...

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  5. Such a cool story. Nature is amazing to observe.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. It truly is! I sent the pictures to the children's librarian I work with. She's going to make a display for the children. :)

      Part two is beginning again since we have new caterpillars! So exciting!

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  6. Monarch butterflies are truly beautiful. :) I can't remember the last time I saw one.

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    1. I'm glad I have the pleasure of seeing them this year. Usually I only see them flying in the garden. They are beautiful! :)

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