Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Early Monday morning we found two black chrysalises.
These two would soon break out of their chrysalises.
After emerging, they hung on the wire lid of the terrarium for awhile.
Our information sheet said that the butterflies would be ready to fly after 90 minutes.
When they began opening and closing their wings,
we took the terrarium outside and removed the lid. Seven green chrysalises
remained attached to the lid, undisturbed. The two butterflies soon took off.
This morning, six more emerged.
We took the terrarium outside.
One went to the bottom of the terrarium. It tried to climb
the glass wall, but couldn't gain traction.
Then it climbed onto a branch inside the terrarium.
Phil moved the branch close to a milkweed.
The butterfly crawled onto a broad milkweed leaf. Like the other five,
it spent a long time hanging out in the milkweed, opening and shutting its wings
and then resting. This group seemed to be in no hurry to take wing.
A swallowtail dropped by to show the monarchs
how to fly and where to find the choice nectar flowers.