Monarch caterpillars are out much earlier this year compared to last. The kids and I have collected several from the milk weed plants at the bottom of our driveway. One has already changed into a chrysalis and should change into a butterfly within a week. I’m not sure who gets more excited over the process, me or the kids.
Last year was the first time I’ve ever watched the entire life cycle of a monarch. It truly is amazing to watch it split it’s skin and form a chrysalis, and then to watch it break out as a newly made butterfly. After she first breaks out of her chrysalis her wings are wet, so she hangs and just flap her wings. When she is finally ready to test out flying, she doesn’t fly far, so last year my daughter, Hope, had several land on her as we watched them learn how to use their new bodies.
Nature truly is an amazing wonder!