This morning we happened by those Passion Flower plants again and look what we saw!
The Monarch was close to emerging. We got a few acorns hunted down and by the time we came back, the butterfly had broken out of her chrysalis.
She hung there while her wings expanded. Look at the fluid that dripped off of her.
Another time we ran by, she had moved into the open and was spreading her wings.
That’s how we knew this was a girl–no spots on her hind wings.
It’s a great feeling to see one be able to succeed at making it to the butterfly stage!