Saturday, February 16, 2013
Damp Wings and Early Flight
Did you know that just before emerging, a Monarch chrysalis will turn dark and you can see the markings of the butterfly's wings? My stowaway greenhouse guests are giving me a chance to watch their development from a front row seat.
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.