What a wonderful day to be out in the garden! Clear blue skies, low humidity, pleasant temperatures - just perfect! OK, so I had some indoor chores I could have been doing, but it was just too nice to be stuck indoors.
There were still several butterflies floating around, such as this Gulf Fritillary. But the Monarch nursery is what has me super excited this year.
In my last blog post I mentioned that we had several Monarch caterpillars, and also some chrysalises, including a couple under the birdbath.
A couple of days ago, I took another peek under the birdbath and noticed that I could see the distinctive black and orange coloration of a Monarch butterfly inside one of the chrysalises (below on the left).
Yesterday my husband spotted a Monarch sunbathing in our newly planted pine tree (replacement for the one that we had to have removed).
When I checked the chrysalis under the birdbath, sure enough it was empty! We were looking at a brand new Monarch :-)
Here's another chrysalis that's easier to see. If you click to see the larger version, you can really see the orange and black markings. This one is on the fence and I was hoping it would emerge today, while I was home. But Mother Nature works to her own schedule!
To add to the merriment, I noticed a Monarch floating round the milkweed today, laying eggs. See that little white dot in the middle of the photo below?