When it comes to monarch butterflies, my wife Brenda becomes a ten year old again. Since she was a little girl in Muskegon, Michigan she has had this fascination with this majestic insect. She recently took the leaf from one our back yard milkweed plants - on which she observed a Monarch lay an egg -- and put it in a screened covered Tupperware dish to work out its stunning metamorphosis in the safety of our bedroom. It worked all the way through its transformative journey - and was released into the back yard garden last week. Above is the photo of her adopted butterfly -- in all it's new-found glory.
It is good to live with the powerful - caterpillar to butterfly story. I especially appreciate that quiet still phase of the chrysalis just hanging there. This hidden away phase, that seems like nothing is happening - and yet after what seems like such a long time of inactivity - the butterfly emerges to pump out it's glorious wings.