Saturday, April 25, 2009


I started out looking for a video about butterfly metamorphosis-- particularly a monarch caterpillar pupating. This morning, I missed seeing this "live" because I was on the computer. It happened in about one and a half hours. Buddy was in a "J" position at 6:30 am. He was a full chrysalis at 7:45 am. My daughter blogged about it and took photos here.

So, I searched my best friend, YouTube, for videos knowing that others have caught the mysterious and miraculous process on film and pixels. I wasn't disappointed.

Here is a short video of the process from egg to butterfly:

You can find many others by searching for "monarch butterfly" or "pupa" or "metamorphosis." It is truly remarkable. When I was a child, this was not possible. I would have been lucky if my local public library had a book with photos of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. Now, the world is at our desktop or laptop. I love it.

Winslow is now in the "J" position.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Fascinating! And to think Buddy made his chrysalis in such a short time. I had no idea that the chrysalis was formed from within. There's a sermon in that...

Go Winslow!