Butterfly Chrysalis #3

If you have been following along with our butterfly chrysalis story, you know that #1 and #2 are safely on their way out into the big wide world. It’s time to report on chrysalis #3. Our son and daughter-in-law who live in IN got the third one. Aaaaaaand it emerged yesterday! 🙂

Guess what? It’s another female! And her name is Cassie. 😉 Wow, hard to believe all 3 were females! She also snuck out of her chrysalis when no one was watching. (Maybe they are shy? Lol) So today was Cassie’s big release day! Here she is venturing outside for the first time.

Cassie decided she liked sitting on Melissa’s finger and so she took her time adjusting to this new place. Then she stretched her wings a few times and she was off!

There is something rather exhilarating, but a bit sad, when the butterfly flies off on it’s own. After all, that’s the whole purpose of raising them…to help them prosper and replenish their dwindling numbers. It’s a wonderful project that kids will love doing so if you can, please help us help the beautiful Monarch butterfly survive! And stay tuned…we’ve been finding Monarch caterpillars! 🙂 🙂

And She’s Off! Butterfly Release

I promised yesterday that today would be the BIG DAY!! It’s time for our Monarch Butterfly that we hatched in our home, to wander out into the big world on her own! It was actually a little bit anticlimactic after all of the excitement of waiting for her to emerge. Did you catch that little word “her”? Yep, it’s a female! (Males have 2 black spots on the top side of their wings that females don’t have.)

Male and Female Monarch Butterflies

So here is Beauty in one last picture inside her little house. (Yes, I might have named her! haha!)

I carefully opened her house, reached in and gently lifted her out and sat her among some Purple Coneflowers.

Beauty immediately opened her wings to the sun…flexed them a few times and she was off! I only had time to snap one picture of her before she flew straight up and over the top of our house and out into the big new world! Go, Beauty, go! We’re rooting for you! 🙂

Butterfly #2…called The Queen by her loyal human subjects…also took her maiden voyage this morning over in Indiana! She (yes, also a female!) spent a little more time hanging around on the Milkweed plant before venturing out on her own. Isn’t she beautiful?!

The third chrysalis I bought at the Pollinators Festival hasn’t hatched just yet. I’ll keep you updated on that one’s arrival and whether its a boy or a girl. Isn’t this interesting? We are all having so much fun with this project! You really should try it too if you get the chance! 🙂