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Monarch – Day 25

Chrysalis Day 9
Chrysalis Day 9, originally uploaded by eclectic echoes..

25 days after hatching from an egg, 9 days after becoming a chrysalis, this was at 6am, by 8pm the female monarch was out and ready to go free.

Free, originally uploaded by eclectic echoes.


Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Danaidae (Milkweed Butterflies
Danaus plexippus

10 Responses to “Monarch – Day 25”

  1. 1
    Flickr: JimBobTx:

    Amazing! The change in the color, texture, etc. is just awesome. This has been a great experience, from the egg on th plant to this chrysalis. I’m looking forward to the butterfly in eager anticipation. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!!

  2. 2
    Flickr: glennisd:

    wow! so cool!

  3. 3

    wow… OK, that was amazing. I loved every minute! Now, what do you have for an encore?

  4. 4
    Flickr: shesnuckinfuts:

    How exciting! What a fun learning experience!

  5. 5
    Flickr: shesnuckinfuts:

    Wow!! What an awesome shot!! I agree with JimBob… It’s been fun to watch this – Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6

    That’s so exciting! Thanks for sharing those. I may have missed this somewhere, but what kind of camera did you use to get those awesome close up shots?

  7. 7

    @Oliemadottie: Thanks!

    I used a Canon EOS 1DmkII for all the photos.
    The lens was a Canon 100mm macro and I used extension tubes for most of them. For the images of the monarch egg and the 1st and second instars I also used a 1.4x teleconverter with the extension tubes.

  8. 8
    Flickr: bug_girl_mi:

    That’s an incredible shot!

  9. 9
    Flickr: the mad LOLscientist:

    Wow. When I was in 4th grade I found a Monarch chrysalis and took it to school. Everyone freaked out when it turned transparent like this. I was bummed out when it "hatched overnight – I sooooo wanted to see it happen!

    http://larvalimages.com/ (?)

  10. 10
    Flickr: Blorgie1:

    So beautiful

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