Awestruck

seedmoneySeptember 17, 2011

I've been grumbling about the hot weather... until yesterday. The skies opened, the winds blew the mosquitoes away (temporarily) and I shivered for the first time since April. Sweeping up the terrace, I noticed a bromeliad had blown over, exposing treasure..

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coolbutterfly(5A)

That's amazing! in my entire life I have only seen ONE chrysalis in the wild. They are crazy good at hiding. congratulations! Tony

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 10:49AM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Superb close-up!

Bob

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:12AM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Amazing. I'm always so impressed by the beauty of the monarch chyrsalis.

~Laura

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:17AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Hehehe! I love their choice of pupating sites!

Congrats!

Sherry

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 11:37AM
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bev2009(6 IN)

I love the unexpected. That probably really made your day!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 4:13PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Since seedmoney is in 8A, are they monarchs? Or are they queens? I know you tell the difference by the # of gold dots but I don't think the camera angle shows what is necessary (but I'm no queen expert).

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 8:43PM
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minrose(4Mn)

What a fun discovery, I have yet to see a chrysalis in the wild.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 6:49AM
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seedmoney

kcclark--would you kindly elaborate on the number of gold dots differentiating monarchs from queens? How interesting!
regards,
seedmoney.....off to count the dots....

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 8:39AM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Go to the page I've linked and then click on the pair of chrysalises that are on the right.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Tell the Difference Between Monarch and Queen Butterfly Caterpillars, Chrysalis, and Adults.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 9:51AM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

What awesome pics and an sweet find! NEAT! Also loved KC's link in regards to the numbers of dots difference. I had never come across that info before. I bet if I went and read everything at Edith's site, I might know even more! :o) Maybe that should be a new goal of mine.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 11:20AM
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coolbutterfly(5A)

something that struck me when I first saw the picture is that the "texture" of the chrysalis looked different than a monarchs.

do the chrysalides "feel" different? Tony

    Bookmark   September 18, 2011 at 12:54PM
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