Today we watched our Monarch butterfly come out of its chrysalis! It was very exciting to see the beautiful butterfly emerge from what had been a green bag hanging from the top of our butterfly jar. We started with a Monarch caterpillar (larva). The caterpillar ate A LOT of milkweed. When it had had all it could eat it crawled to the top of the jar and wrapped itself up in a chrysalis. In the beginning the chrysalis was bright green but as the pupa inside began to mature into a butterfly, the chrysalis changed. It began to turn black and soon we could see orange spots. On Wednesday we began to see liquid coming from the bottom of the chrysalis so we knew to watch closely for the butterfly to appear. Suddenly the bottom of the chrysalis opened and the butterfly worked its way out. It hung from the shell of the chrysalis for quite a while, drying its wings. A couple of hours later, it let us know it was ready to leave the jar by beginning to flutter his wings. We took him out to a somewhat sheltered area of the building and took the top off of the jar. The butterfly came out of the jar, flew to a window sill, and stayed in the sun for an hour or so drying his wings completely. Finally, he flew away. Mrs. Rush showed us how to tell that the butterfly was a male due to the two black spots on the back of his wings. Thank you Mrs. Rush. We were very excited about watching the life cycle of our Monarch butterfly!
The last picture is a picture of the chrysalis that remained after the butterfly emerged.