A friend told me how her young sons pick a caterpillar from a milkweed plant every year. They put it into a container with some milkweed leaves for sustenance, and mesh over the top.
Crazily, the next day, this guy crawled towards me as I sat on our steps. I texted my friend a photo; she confirmed this was indeed a monarch caterpillar.
No idea what he was thinking, there was no greenery whatsoever in the direction he was headed. I grabbed the only container I could find. Clearly, the Forces had sent him my way.
It wasn’t a great container, but I was in a rush, afraid a bird would grab him.
He didn’t like it in there too much. He curled into a sad lump despite my careful selection of soil with clover growing in it. My friend said I needed some milkweed leaves and a stick for him to hang off of to do his thing.
Sure enough, he sprung to action.
You can see this is basically the container you get sesame noodles in. Not roomy. How was I to move him to something larger without causing permanent mental damage to us both?
Turned out I didn’t have to move him. Because I saw him that evening hanging upside down from the twig, shaped like the letter “J.”
I wondered, what’s he doing in there, man? I should have stuck around…taken some video…because look what I awoke to the next morning. I know I can watch it on YouTube, but I could have seen it live for God’s sake. It’s astonishing.
As my friend put, “They are like babies being born — always seem to do it at midnight!”
I don’t know what the heck is going on inside that chrysalis, but will research and report in for you. Honestly, how does it HAPPEN? How does he coat his entire self with silk? For that one, watch the short, time-lapsed link above from Fish and Wildlife.
This is how we know there’s something greater than ourselves in the cosmos. Stay tuned.
Posted on August 28, 2021, in animals, cosmic, Good News, nature, personal, photos, Science, Vermont and tagged monarch caterpillar in your own home. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
it was meant for you!! so cool!
All very odd. The chrysalis is changing shape with pointy parts, I think the wings are forming inside!
I love this!! Believe it or not, the caterpillars DEVOUR not only the milkweed leaves, but the flowers and the seed pods. They eat our milkweed plants to the ground! I’ll be watching for the big reveal!!! Thank you for sharing!
Janet I have been thinking of you since I moved back to Vermont! Hopefully I’ll have time this year to read your blog, I’m certain it’s excellent and wise.
Happy Thanksgiving, Ann!!! I haven’t been in WordPress and just found your message. I hope you are doing great and that you have an amazing holiday! XOXOXOX
Find me at my old email address! Its the same. ♥️