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Posted by seedmoney 8A (seedmoney@embarqmail.com) on
Sat, Sep 17, 11 at 10:32

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..
Neoregelia 'Sheer Joy' with Monarch chrysalises
Monarch Chrysalis


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


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Superb close-up!

Bob


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

~Laura


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Hehehe! I love their choice of pupating sites!

Congrats!

Sherry


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


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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).


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


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


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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.


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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.


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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


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