We’ve fledged a monarch!


It’s been ages since I hatched out monarch butterflies.  But old habits die hard, and we’ve been raising a monarch caterpillar on our kitchen counter for the past few weeks.

This morning the orange and black product of our labors crawled from his chrysalis, inflated his wings, and flew off to an uncertain future.

photo details: Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 50D

ISO 125, f/2.8 1/160 sec, ambient light


  1. #1 uphilldowndale
    September 19, 2009

    Stunning simply stunning.

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    September 19, 2009

    So when’s the coronation?

  3. #3 liudvikas
    September 19, 2009

    Oh my, I definitely should try it some time

  4. #4 Dave
    September 19, 2009

    Go Wanderer! Although I guess it had better go south at this time of year.

  5. #5 Mrilovetheants
    September 19, 2009

    Boy or Girl?

  6. #6 myrmecos
    September 20, 2009

    Thanks guys! Our butterfly turned out to be a boy.

  7. #7 jason
    September 20, 2009

    Very cool… With their migration in full swing, I expect the fruit of your labor will pass through my neck of the woods soon.

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