Birth Of A Monarch Butterfly

I witnessed this Monarch Butterfly emerging from a cocoon at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center here in Arkansas.

Monarch Butterfly Cocoon

A Monarch Butterfly Cocoon

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly After Emerging From Cocoon

Monarch Butterfly With Cocoon

Monarch Butterfly Almost Dry After Emerging From Cocoon

Monarch Butterfly Facts

The mature butterfly emerges after about two pupal weeks, and hangs from the split chrysalis for several hours until its wings are dry (often in the morning). Meanwhile, fluids are pumped into the crinkled wings until they become full and stiff. Some of this orangey fluid (called meconium) drips from the wings. Finally (usually in the afternoon), the monarch spreads its wings, quivers them to be sure they are stiff, and then flies away to feed on a variety of flowers, including milkweed flowers, red clover, and goldenrod.

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  1. Crafty Green Poet September 12, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    what a stunning series of photos!

  2. Stephen Pollard September 12, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Wow! What an amazing series….well documented.

  3. Renee Hubbard September 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Sensational Steve!