does tearing your skin off hurt?
A monarch caterpillar searching for a transformation site.
This one was a wanderer and had to be enclosed with aluminum foil… and secured its hind legs to that and not the grape vine. It makes for ugly photos (:
The antennae are empty and the skin on the head is starting to split.
It split and shed its skin…. it’s black and clear.
I was video taping the skin splitting. The green part dances around pulsating and contracting until the skin splits to the top and falls. I’d upload the video, but I’m super swamped living life at summer’s snail pace.
It dances itself up into a smaller form and slowly takes on its last shape and starts to dry.
The final form. The first few hours the chrysalis has yellow dots that eventually turn metallic gold… anything that can split its skin Incredible Hulk style and then decorate itself with amazing gold dots is perfect.
The shine of the gold is hard to capture, but someday I will get it.
The monarch eggs I highlighted on the previous post were born as spiders yesterday. When I first saw a spider in the container I thought it may have eaten the newly born caterpillar, but monarchs eat their egg case and the case was still there. And the spider’s body is clear and there was no sign of a little eaten caterpillar.
The second spider born… they hatched a few minutes apart. Sometimes its fun to be wrong.
A newly hatched Monarch caterpillar.
The girls set fire to their left over school papers… a favorite annual summer tradition…. and the only way I can motivate them to sort through a year’s worth of old school work.
A juvenile Blue Jay having a party. Despite BlueJay’s bossy personality, I like this one. It hangs on the rail of the front porch every morning until I fill the feeder.