Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monarch Emergence . . . Missed
I knew this monarch chrysalis was there hanging from a branch of my little chilopsis tree in the parkway. In fact I was a bit worried about it since people brush by that area on the way in or out of their parked vehicles. So I went out to check on it yesterday while the morning was still misty, about 9 am. Sure enough the chrysalis had turned dark, indicating emergence of the adult monarch was imminent. On closer inspection I saw a split in the lower (what I take to be) ventral portion.
It would have been nice I suppose, to set up a chair on the sidewalk and watch the butterfly unfurl. I did come out and have a look every so often but still missed the big/little event. Just before 1:00pm I found the butterfly hanging from the empty, transparent shell. It was a pleasant afternoon, mid-seventies, mostly clear; typical November day in these parts.
The last photo may or may not be the same butterfly, enjoying nectar from the tagetes lemonii.