Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

secret escape hatch

Have you ever snuck out a back door?


The Monarch’s chrysalis gets clear before it emerges. It was clear before I went to the grocery store.

Its head is at the bottom of the chrysalis between the two gold dots.

The perforated parts of the chrysalis pop open like a secret escape hatch and the butterfly crawls out and pumps its wings full of blood.

….after the grocery store

The Monarch hanging out on the front entry altar of Things That Belong Outdoors But Are Too Cool Not To Have Indoors. The feathers are sticking out of a bee hive. The peas didn’t last long…

The excreted blood… After the blood part I move the butterfly outdoors where it hangs out for a few hours before taking clumsy flight.

The Monarch in the garden.

Still resting a few hours later…..


A juvenile Eastern Bluebird trying to stay cool by keeping its mouth open.

The adult Eastern Bluebirds have a newly laid clutch of five eggs.

This caterpillar is ready to transform, but spent 24 hours escaping. I found it on the curtains….and on the desk…..and on the stairs. It finally settled and sewed its hind legs to the grape vine above the jar.

Cool moth in the sedum.


15 responses

  1. Ah, the wonders of nature. Super photos again, Melissa. I love that you have all that variety of stuff nearby to photograph. You must have a great time. :-)

    Have a great weekend. :-)

    June 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    • melissakoski

      You too Bob! It’s great to have such full summers…. just wish the color and activity lasted all winter too. There is SOME, but not nearly as much color and action! Loves (:

      June 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm

  2. Fantastic photos – amazing!

    June 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Julie!

      June 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

  3. Ain’t butterflies just so beautiful?

    June 30, 2012 at 5:17 am

    • melissakoski

      Yes (: and the process so mind boggling!

      June 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

  4. Lisa, those pictures are so intricate. This is happening all around me and I do not take the time to notice things like butterfly birth. Now mammals are a whole different story. EXCELLENT work as usual and thanks for bringing my attention to such small things.

    June 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks dear Louie Lou. I never caught much of the process until I brought the critters indoors! Happy weekend (:

      June 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

  5. Sue McB

    Fabulous series of Butterfly shots. Nice to see such things when it is cold, wet and winter here! Makes me long for warmer times.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    • melissakoski

      Sue we are in such a heat wave it’s a nice reminder for me to appreciate every bit of warm non-winter air!

      July 6, 2012 at 12:24 am

  6. “Like”, though, isn’t good enough for a post like this. Fantastic.

    July 1, 2012 at 12:24 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Sid, so kind!

      July 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

  7. Fantastic, as usual, Melissa. I was such a good kid, I never snuck out. :)

    July 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  8. melissakoski

    Me either MJ… but I would now if I could go back. (: Don’t tell my Mom.

    July 6, 2012 at 12:27 am

  9. Reblogged this on Jitterbugging for Jesus and commented:
    My ultra-creative and talented photographer/writer and amateur naturalist and adopted little sister that I never had, Lisa at the fabulous blawg Melissa Not Dusting, just astounds me sometimes with her eye for the beauty and wonders of nature that are always close to us all but that most of us overlook. And the breadth of her photography is amazing, from her pictures of panoramic sunsets to the tiniest of creepy crawlers.
    Great posting today as always, Lisa dahling!

    July 7, 2012 at 10:20 am


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