Last week, Marie Longo, Bergen Audubon education director, released some of the last tagged Monarch butterflies of the season. One of the many she liberated that day was from a single last caterpillar I found still feeding on a tiny, sad partial leaf of Milkweed. Small and all alone, I brought it home to raise, not very optimistic that it would even survive.
It struggled for a few days, very slow and a bit lethargic but gradually it began to eat. It continued to struggle as it tried to move on to its next stage of life, hanging from the roof of the enclosure for more than a day . But to my amazement it finally accomplished what nature intended and formed that most beautiful of all natures structures, the Monarch butterfly chrysalis.