Here are some final photos of the end of the amazing journey from caterpillar to chrysalis to Monarch Butterfly. We really love the the shots of the Monarch just as it emerges from the Chrysalis, with fluids pumped into the wings from the stored liquid in the bulbous torso until the butterfly is fully formed.
We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s series showing the amazing journey of the Monarch Butterfly, from caterpillar to chrysalis to its majestic emergence. Mickey Raine and his wife, Elaine, took in more than two dozen caterpillars by request from local gardens, saving them from predatory conditions and overseeing the transformation at their home. Mickey’s thoughts on the experience follow, and then we’ll have some final photos later today.
From Mickey: Amazingly, even after years of field study and photography, while also reading about some of these things in books or seeing specials on television, it barely compares when you can actually see the incredible changes occurring right in front of your eyes, and it was as if we were learning something new.
Never did we expect to be educated to this level, for we never thought about these particular moments of transformation, but rather the final resulting forms after the various stage changes. Man is often too blinded in this idea that we are so much more advanced than our cohabitants, but human science can never duplicate what we saw.
The Bergen County Audubon Society will present its Native Plants in the Home Landscape program on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 12:30 pm in the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst.
BCAS President Don Torino, will give a presentation on the importance of planting native plants in your backyard and the benefits they provide to birds, insects, wildlife and your yard. Don’t miss this great program that will help your garden thrive while helping the environment!
Register for the free program here
In keeping with yesterday’s Monarch Butterfly theme, here’s a collage that Regina Geoghan sent in from her visit to DeKorte on Monday. Thanks Regina!