You did know about the color change? Well, have you seen a Monarch immediately after emergence as it unfurls its damp wings and pale green jewels of liquid drip from their surfaces?
This is the second of my unexpected guests to fly off this week. Although I'd happily serve them nectar and allow them to stay until it's warmer, captivity isn't the best thing for a Monarch. I open the greenhouse door, and like a worried parent let them find their way.
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