Thursday, 18 April 2013

Beautiful Monarch

This morning at 5:15 am a new monarch 
emerged from it's Chrysalis.

We had been watching it grow
 from a minute caterpillar to a very fat, 
yellow and black striped eating machine.

Then one morning, just a week ago,
 it spun a web and closed itself away in it's chrysalis.
It only took a couple of hours.

Just one short week later it emerged
 - a fully fledged, beautiful creation.
Such a quick transformation.

At lunch time today the residents where I work, 
set it free in the garden, 
where it attached itself to a Magnolia tree 
outside the dining room window.

It spent the afternoon drying and spreading its wings.

What a blessing.

Unfortunately my photo's didn't turn out 
so I've had to cheat and take some 
from the internet. I hope you don't mind.



  1. Isn't it miraculous to watch? I used to take the caterpillars inside with their food branches (to protect them from the wasps), and release them as butterflies on a bush in the sunshine as they emerged... beautiful!

  2. Dearest Diana,
    OMG, how gorgeous and marvelous to be able to watch this miracles of life♡♡♡ I've never seen this. And your pictures are SO beautiful. When I read the title, I misunderstand the monarch as king and wondered about 'beautiful' part p;)

    Have a great 'TGIF', my friend in New Zealand.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  3. Amazing Diana just amazing...
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. So happy you shared this with us!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this. It's just so precious and spellbinding!! Joan

  6. Mother nature creades such a beautiful world for us. I've never watched the life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. How beautiful. A sweet blessing for you for the afternoon. i just love when God gives us these remarkable pieces of his love and creation to watch.

  8. Eeeek Diana! I must have forgotten to Follow you. Sorry about that! I'm here now. What beautiful photos you captured of the transition stages. So much of God's beauty around us everywhere in nature.


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